What Does Your Worry Reveal About Your Beliefs?

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Sometimes God dries up the channel in our lives because we’ve been looking to the channel rather than Him.  Take Elijah, for example. The Bible says that God took Elijah, to a brook and the ravens were bringing food to him. He was having a wonderful vacation from ministry. Then the brook went dry and he started to complain. You’ve provided for all of my needs. You cared for me. You had this brook, which provided fresh water, and now it’s all dried up. But as long as the brook kept running, Elijah would have stayed put. God wanted to move him on.

Sometimes God dries up the brooks in your life and the situation goes sour because God wants to move you, too.

If we trust the Lord as our shepherd, we won’t just trust Him with part of our lives – but all of it! Paul says in Philippians 4:19,”And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”(NLT) That means you can trust God with any of your needs. Whether your ministry needs more workers, more resources, more creative, more time – or all of the above, God is fully capable of providing it. Do you really believe that? Where God guides, He provides.

But your true source – God – will never dry up. You can count on that. Keep your eyes on Him and worry won’t survive. He may use a different channel than you expect, but trust Him. It’s exciting to watch God meet a need in a channel you don’t expect. Trust that while you’re not enough to make a difference in ministry, He is.

What are you lacking in your ministry right now? Don’t worry. Trust the Lord.

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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors.

  • Skirnir Hamilton

    I don’t think our stress means we think God can’t do something. I think it means we think he may not do something. Churches close every day. Good God-fearing people are destroyed by hurricanes and tornadoes every day. Why should we assume that God will choose to take care of us, but not the other deserving person down the street? So yeah, we stress out about it and do the best we can with whatever we have. We hope that God will choose to bless us with what we need, but he doesn’t always choose to do so for whatever reason.

  • http://www.transitionministriesgroup.com Lavern Brown

    Thanks for your candor, Rick.

    I have had the God-given privilege of mentoring pastors who have the happy fortune of being younger than me, and of training colleagues who can match me scar for scar, gray hair for gray hair. I find that most of them share a trait in common: feeling inadequate to the task to which God has called them.

    When the apostle Paul asked, “who is sufficient for these things?” (2 Corinthians 2:16) he gave the grace-based answer: our sufficiency comes from God; the grounds of sufficiency is not within ourselves (2 Corinthians 3:4-6).

    Pastors everywhere, in churches of all size, are encouraged and blessed when a rock star like Rick Warren lets them know that we’re ALL in the same boat riding thru the storm of insufficiency.

    Blessings on you.

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