I was seeking the Lord for healing and redemption with some girls in my small group last night, and to start our time off, one of the girls read a quote from Randy Alcorn’s book about the goodness of God. It was so profound that I have been thinking about it ever since!
Worry is momentary atheism crying out for correction by trust in a good and sovereign God.
—Randy Alcorn, If God Is Good
Though I never thought of worry in such a severe way before, it rang true to my heart. When I worry (which has been true of me recently) I deny the reality of my good Father who intimately and lovingly attends to the needs of His children. I turn my back on Him, His works, and His faithfulness in my life, declaring a practical atheism that affects the way I think, feel and act. Incredible!
The Lord has been teaching me in a new way that “In His presence is fullness of joy!” (He’s been using this book “Strengthen Yourself in the Lord: How to Release the Hidden Power of God in Your Life” by Bill Johnson. So rich!! I highly recommend it! )
How do I get into His presence? One of the surest ways into His presence is to “enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise.” Funny enough, it’s also the cure for momentary atheism! I have spent ALOT of time in worship and in thanksgiving recently, and guess what? Worry and fear–momentary atheism–melts away in His presence. It really does.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Join me! Confess and forsake momentary atheism and embrace the joy of His presence. Praise Him, recounting your blessings out loud to Him. Then..watch what He does with your heart and spirit. Amazing!!