I want to share with you an excerpt from Oswald Chambers’ book “My Utmost For His Highest” ( http://utmost.org/one-of-god%E2%80%99s-great-don%E2%80%99ts/ ….just click on this website with your pointer) that I read this morning. All of his 365 daily entries can be found at this same site.
Emphasis and editing will be mine and here goes:
“Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, “Do not fret,” but something very different to have a such a nature that you find yourself UNABLE to fret. It’s easy to say, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psalm 37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to “rest in the Lord” then?
If this “Do not” doesn’t work there, then it will not work anywhere. This “Do not” must work during our days of difficulty and uncertainty, as well as our peaceful days, or it will NEVER work. And if it will not work in your particular case, it will not work for anyone else. Resting in the Lord is not dependent on your external circumstance at all, BUT ON YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD HIMSELF.
Worrying ALWAYS results in sin. We tend to think that a little anxiety and worry are simply an indication of how wise we really are, yet it is actually a much better indication of just how wicked we are. Fretting rises from our determination to have our own way. Our Lord NEVER worried and was NEVER anxious, because His purpose was NEVER to accomplish His own plans but to fulfill God’s plan. Fretting is WICKEDNESS for a child of God.
Have you been propping up that foolish soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God to handle? Set all your opinions and speculations aside and “abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1). Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about whatever concerns you. ALL OUR FRETTING AND WORRY IS CAUSED BY PLANNING WITHOUT GOD.”
End of excerpt.
As mentioned so often here in so many Categories, the best way to build that close relationship with God and Christ Jesus and to honestly and truly “abide under the shadow of the Almighty” is to PRACTICE THE PRESENCE OF GOD, and you can refer to the Category by the same title for more information concerning this.
Until later, in Him.