The Grand Theft of Worry and Fear

Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’?

It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Ex. 14:12-14

Heavenly Father, this story underscores that worry and fear are two of the most cunning and successful robbers. The Israelites preferred returning to a familiar life of slavery in Egypt, over trusting you in the wilderness of the unknown. We “get” it. Help us get still, trust you, and wait upon you.

Thankfully, we’re not facing the threat of Egyptian soldiers. Often our biggest battles are within our own hearts. You constantly tell us you are our sovereign, loving Father. Yet we often look to people’s approval, success at something, control over circumstances, or financial security to be our deliverers.

We struggle to trust you with people we love. We resort to ineffective ways of trying to “fix” them—pressure, shame, bribing, spiritualizing. It never works. Father help us extend your merciful acceptance, counterintuitive grace, and kind heart.

Some of us are facing the unknown land of getting older. We’d love to run back to the land of 30-something, but that’s not going to happen. Help us trust you as joints stiffen, sleep is less, and memory gets slower.

Others of us need the grace to trust you in the land of transitions and losses, old wounds and new disappointments. You’ve always been faithful, generous, and present to us. You’ll never cease to be. Father, on this January Thursday, we choose stillness and trust, over worry and fear. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ tender and triumphant name.