What Does Your Worry Reveal About Your Beliefs?

By Rick Warren

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.

Rick Warren

Rick Warren

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.