Romans 11:33-36 (NIV) Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! “Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” “Who has ever given to God, that God should repay them?” For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.
When we get this through our heads, it changes our perspective on everything; when we stop thinking that we live our lives independent of God and then call out to him like an ambulance driver when we need him. This passage reminds us that we are here for God, and not the other way around. He created us. He gave us life. We wouldn’t be here if he didn’t want us to be. It’s all about him. The air in our lungs belongs to him. The life in our bodies is a gift from him.
The reason this was so revolutionary to me was it showed me that, since I am here for God, and since he loves me more than I love myself, my worries are his worries. My problems are his problems. Now, when I have a problem I simply go to God and say, “Okay, I am yours. I have this issue – what are you going to do about it?” Not in an arrogant way, but as a child goes to his father and asks him how he is going to handle a situation.
We belong to God. We were created by him and for him. And he didn’t create us to be his pets or puppets. We are his children. This is why we have a free will. He wants us to walk with him. Pets can’t do that, but children can. The price we pay for that free will, of course, is suffering, but I know that nothing is ever going to happen to me without God’s permission. This is why I don’t have to worry. I know God is holding me safely in his hand and anything that ever happens to me happens right under his nose.
Turn your thinking around. Realize that you belong to God and you are here for his pleasure. And not only you, but your loved-ones too. Stop worrying and start trusting.