Words for the Worried


I’m a woman with a plan.

I know what I’m cooking this week and what’s on at the weekend (nap scheduled in). But I’m also aware that I can’t always make sure these plans come off.

Like when I decided to make a spag bol and forgot to buy the spaghetti at the supermarket.

But I plan because uncertainty and I have never been good friends.

The God with a plan

I crave certainty in the Christian life too. I often doubt whether I’ll finish the race of faith and be welcomed as Jesus’ faithful servant.

And yet God couldn’t have given us any more certainty. The apostle Paul prays for the Philippian Christians:

‘…he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus’ Philippians 1:6

Paul doesn’t chivvy these believers along and tell them to try harder. He points them to the God who has a plan - and the absolute power to bring it about.

And his plan is to bring his people to the day of Christ Jesus, the first day of eternity in his kingdom.

In other words, because it was God who saved me, I can be certain that he’ll finish what he started.

He will do it

Whilst your week may become an unscheduled mess and your Sunday nap may get skipped, the final date in life’s diary doesn’t depend on you.

Jesus will raise you on the last day and promises not to lose a single one of his people (John 6:40).

Not one.

So keep following Jesus today. And pray that God will help you to follow him tomorrow, and the day after that.

But know that your future is in very safe hands.

The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it (1 Thessalonians 5:24).