Grace for My Worry

July 9, 2019

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

“Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.” – Corrie Ten Boom

Corrie Ten Boom should know all about worry, fear, and suffering. She was a Christ-following Dutch watchmaker and later a writer who worked with her father, her sister, and other family members to help many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II by hiding them in her home. You can imagine the tension and stress as they were stalked and searched many times. They eventually were caught and arrested, and she and her sister were sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. The treatment there was horrific, and everyone in the family but Corrie died. At the end of the war she was released, and her robust faith and reliance on God’s grace enabled her body to heal as well. She spent years sharing her story. Her most famous book The Hiding Place tells how she found God’s grace to be enough in her unthinkable place. She found that His grace was her strength in her weakness; stronger than her weakness every single time. She shared, “His grace has brought me safe this far and grace will lead me home.”

Perhaps one of the insights she gained by grace will help you today:

“You can never learn that Christ is all you need, until Christ is all you have.”

“Do you know what hurts so very much? It's love. Love is the strongest force in the world, and when it is blocked that means pain. There are two things we can do when this happens. We can kill that love so that it stops hurting. But then of course part of us dies too. Or we can ask God to open up another route for that love to travel.”

“Today I know that such memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. I know that the experiences of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work he will give us to do.”

“There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.”

God’s grace is bigger than your worries and concerns.

  • Make a list of the things that are troubling your mind. Leave the list behind as you do the things God has for you to do today. Commit those things and your life to His care, knowing that He will handle them all.