– Francis Chan
Worry Over Trust
When we face the fork of a road, we can only make one of two choices, because we can’t go down both paths, therefore we must make a decision. In similar fashion, when we’re faced with a huge problem that makes us want to worry, we show we don’t trust God enough if we’re worried about it. If we worry, we are basically telling God, “God I don’t trust you” and because we are worrying about it, we’re saying, “This is too much for even God.” Worry is the opposite of trust. If we are trusting, then we have no reason to worry, but if we don’t trust God, we will trust only in ourselves and that will lead to a paralyzing fear.
Big Problem and a Small God
If we have a big problem, then our God is too small, but if our God is as big as the Bible proclaims He is, then we have a small problem compared the enormity of God. Problems can create worry and that worry chokes out our trust in God. This makes us feel like God is not big enough for our problems, but of course we know better. He is infinitely greater than anything! He is bigger than any problem we will ever face.
Not Pleasing God
The author of Hebrews wrote, “without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Heb 11:6). It’s not hard to please God without faith; it’s impossible! If we know that He exists, why cannot we trust Him with the things we have no control over? God alone controls what we cannot, so trust in Him, or you cannot please Him.
Francis Chan wrote that our worry implies that we don’t quite trust God is big enough, and so we are saying worry is greater than our trust in God; we are saying the problem is bigger than God; and we are not pleasing God because we can’t please God if we don’t trust God.