Worries tumble around in a conflicted mind. Emotions agitate my heart. How will this ever be solved? Can I even solve it?
Have you ever felt like I described above? We all have different conflicts and struggles that seem so impossible at points in our lives? How are we as Christian women to respond to these struggles?
As I worked through my own worries recently, my heart was challenged by God: “Do you trust me?”
Of course I trust God; I’m a Christian.
“Do you trust me?”
Do I trust God? Do I trust Him to work out this impossible situation? Do I really believe He can even do anything about it? My Christian education says that I do. But if that’s true, why am I struggling and worrying and trying to figure it out on my own?
I thought of blind Bartimaeus. Could I be like him? Even though he could not see Jesus, he called out to Him to fix an impossible situation (his blindness). He couldn’t see Jesus fix it. Nor did he know how Jesus would fix it. But he had faith that Jesus could and that Jesus would listen to his need.
And Jesus did. Jesus healed Bartimaeus’ eyesight saying “Go; your faith has made you well.” What joy for Bartimaeus to see Jesus work! What joy to see God glorified through this miracle! What joy to SEE Jesus! (Check out the whole story in Mark 10:46-52.)
Can I have faith like this blind man? Yes, I can. But will I? Will I trust Jesus to glorify His name in ways that I can’t see now? Will I trust Him to work in my situation when I can’t see how it can be solved?
Yes, I decided. I chose to trust Him. I chose to turn the worries and emotions over to my God who works even when I can’t see.
Bartimaeus knew Jesus’ character and he trusted Him with his deepest need. When he heard Jesus was passing by, he knew about this man Jesus. He had heard stories of Jesus and knew the reputation of the God of Israel.
As you turn your worry into trust, start with who God is. Write down characteristics of God. You could start with what is foremost in your mind. Or systematically go through the alphabet and identify a characteristic for each letter.
Second, track God’s faithfulness. How have you seen Him trustworthy and faithful in the past? Write down Bible stories that display God’s faithfulness. Think back through your own life and write down personal stories of how you’ve experienced the faithfulness of God.
Bartimaeus couldn’t heal himself. He couldn’t solve his problem. I can’t solve my problems or figure out my muddled worries. But I can follow Bartimaeus’ example and call out to Jesus the Messiah. I can put it all in Jesus’ hands.
He might do the miraculous and give me “sight” (a specific answer) or He might not. But either way, I want my faith to be strong because He is faithful and He will have mercy on me in order to glorify His name. Our problems, our worries, our futures are safest in the hands of Jesus.
Here are some Bible verses on this topic: 1 Peter 5:7, Matthew 6:25-34, Proverbs 3:5-6, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Philippians 4:4-8, Romans 4:16-25