"Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved."
- Psalm 55:22 (ESV)
I don’t know about you, but I tend to overcomplicate situations.
This morning, I couldn’t figure out what to share with you. I knew the message I wanted to share and the perfect situation to tie into it, but I didn’t want to share it for fear of being judged.
I’ve shared a lot of my life with you over these last seven years. Some of the things I’ve shared were what I was going through at the time, and a lot have been reflections from previous situations.
But I didn’t want to share this with you because it would mean that I would have to share something that I’m not comfortable talking about with anyone outside my immediate circle.
I tried to think of another situation or story, but this seems to be the only one that fits what I believe God wants me to share with you today.
The other day I was chatting with my brother about some things going on in my life. One of those things is that I put everything I have (energy, time, money) into building this business over the last two years.
I knew I would run out of funds before the business gained momentum. And I’ve been stressed out about this.
God has shown me time and time again that He will come through. And I’ve tried to stay focused on Him this season, but worry has also tried to steal my focus.
As my brother and I were chatting, it was like a lightbulb turned on in my head. His simple statement brought tremendous revelation to me.
“Why don’t you just get a job?” He asked, “That seems so stressful to worry about not having enough money when you can just get a side job.”
Building Forholy has been my job for the last two years. I went “ALL IN” in hopes of never turning back to freelancing and nannying.
But he was (is) right.
I was reading through Philippians last week, and I came across the part where Paul told the Philippians that he was sending Epaphroditus, a brother in the faith, back to them for rest. Epaphroditus was emotionally distressed and homesick (Philippians 2:25-30).
He became so ill that he almost died. But God had compassion on him and spared his life. And even though God healed Epaphroditus, he still needed rest.
God cares about our natural needs—eating, rest, paying bills, housing, etc. And a part of trusting Him is playing our part and letting Him do the rest.
There’s a spiritual side to life and also a natural side. Both should be in balance.
Sometimes playing our part in a season can mean getting some rest, and sometimes it can mean getting a job. But it almost always means making ourselves uncomfortable.
What we need to do isn’t always what we want to do, but that very thing that makes us uncomfortable is what God often uses to give us a breakthrough.
This isn’t the message I had planned for you today, but I believe this is for someone—maybe just me.
We don’t need to have unnecessary stress in our lives. Do what you can do, and let God do the multiplication. Don’t overcomplicate things.
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