Do I have any over thinkers out there? Where you find yourself using your thoughts as a way to cope? For years, I dealt with crippling anxiety. I'd spend hours in my thoughts trying to reason with the why's and how's of life. Upon coming into Christ, you'd think things would get better. Unfortunately the submission and trust aspect of the faith, gave me more things to worry about. It transitioned from the why's and how's, to the how's and when's. Can anybody else relate?
When we study the Psalms, we can learn a lot from David. One thing he reveals to us through Psalm 131, is the pride that lies behind our overthinking. When he found himself facing a God-sized issue in his life, he left it up to God. He trusted in God and leaned on Him, as a child does its' mother.
When we spend ample time in our thoughts trying to figure out the how, when and why of God sized situations, we are operating in pride. We are telling God, that we know best. Now, I know that isn't your intention, but this is what your heart is spiritually communicating to the Father. He doesn't tell us to trust Him and have faith because it sounds good. He does it so we can remain secure, and use our thoughts more productively in building His Kingdom.
It's time for you to respond "it's not my concern," to the God-sized issues in your life.
"Lord, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me."
Psalm 131:1-2 NKJV
"“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord."
Isaiah 55:8 NKJV
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;"
Proverbs 3:5 NKJV
Reflection Question(s): We invite you to discuss below.
Spend some time today in a place of repentance. Acknowledge those God-sized situations in your life that keeps you from using your mind for Kingdom work. Take on the posture of a child that weans on their mother, and trust God to do what only He can do.