Encouraging Word for You If You’re Worried and Uncertain

Encouraging Word for You If You're Worried and Uncertain | by Jamie Rohrbaugh | FromHisPresence.comWant a sordid confession from me today? Here it is: there are a lot of things–important things, things that really matter to me–that I just don’t know. Things that, sometimes, I start worrying about.

(Shocker, I know.) 😉

Things like:

  • how certain good things will happen;
  • how specific, broken things can be fixed;
  • how long it’s going to take for something I care about to reach its fulfillment, etc etc etc.

There are a lot of things about which I am really uncertain. I’ve been trying not to worry, but …

… All The Things that I just don’t know–things about which I am really uncertain–have been giving me plenty of opportunity to worry lately.

Maybe you’re the same way: you know perfectly well that you shouldn’t worry, but inevitably things tend to crop up anyway. Right? Then, as soon as they do, you have the choice to either ruminate on it OR say, “Lord, You’re taking care of that. Thank You.”

I’ve been trying to do the latter and just trust God whenever worry crops up. Nevertheless, on many days lately, I’ve not been so very great at trusting. 🙁

Recently, I had a particular day when worry about one particular situation kept cropping up in my mind over and over.

And over. 

This situation is something about which I really, really care. It’s really important to me. And every time this particular concern came up in my mind, I knew worrying was wrong. Every time, I heard the Lord say right away: “I’m taking care of that.”

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I’m grateful that I was able to hear Him, and I’m grateful that He’s taking care of it. Really, I am. So on that day, I put the worry away for a few minutes every time it came up. I refused to dwell on it, and I just rested, leaving it in Papa’s hands.

But every time I did, a few minutes later, it would come back. 🙁

Rinse and repeat, rinse and repeat. It was like that all day long. (I’m sure you never do anything like this, right?)

But toward the end of the day, the Lord brought a particular Scripture to my mind, and I found it so comforting.

It’s found in Psalm 31:14-15a, and it says:

Start-quoteBut as for me, I trust in You, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God.’ My times are in Your hand ….”

“My times are in Your hand.” What on earth does that mean?

According to Strong’s Concordance, the word for “times” used here means a combination of things. The best way I know to show it is like a math puzzle. If we do some addition here, the word “times” means:

now
when
what
after
ways
certain
evening
+ season
TIMES.

Add up all those words–now + when + what + after + ways + certain + evening + season–and you get the meaning of this word TIMES. Oh God, ‘You are my God. My times are in Your hand.’

I don’t know about you, but those words “what, when, now, ways, season,” etc pretty much sum up all my questions to God. Don’t they describe yours too?

How, God, how? When and what? What now? What not now? Why not now? In what ways? In what season? Tell me, Father! Please!

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Oh God, You are my God. My times are in Your hand.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the answers for many of the questions I’m asking God right now.

I don’t know why, or when, or how, or why not yet. I don’t understand the “no”s, and I definitely don’t always love the season. And although I’m trying to learn Papa’s ways, I definitely don’t have those down yet either.

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But on that day recently, when I was worrying so much and yet trying not to worry, the Holy Spirit comforted me with this Scripture passage. “Oh God, You are my God. My times are in Your hands.” Why? Because everything that’s important to me–everything I care about–is in His hand, and He’s taking care of it for me.

What have you been worrying about lately?

Have you been asking God why, when, how, in what ways, in what season, after what, before what, and who?

If so, you’re not alone! But beloved, the same encouraging word the Lord spoke to me applies to you too. Our Abba Father is Yahweh, your covenant God. He’s the God who knows you intimately and personally, who has opened Himself up to you, withholding nothing.

And this God–our God–is the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. He’s God who is and who was and who is to come. And the complete and total timing of your life …

… together with all the moving parts that accomplish that timing, like the hows and whys and seasons and ways …

are completely in His hand, and you can trust Him.

Let me say it again, even if I am the only one who needs to hear it: You can trust Him. I can trust Him. We can all trust Him. He is a faithful, GOOD Father.

Oh God, You are our God. Our times are in Your hand.

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So if worry has been plaguing you, would you join me in meditating on this Scripture today?

Would you choose to believe with me:

  • that He is your Shepherd, and He’s leading you through life this very moment?
  • that He sees the hurt of your heart with His all-knowing, compassionate eye, and He’s shielding you and taking care of you this very minute?
  • that He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it?

Beloved, Abba Father–Yahweh, the Creator of the ends of the earth, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who has been faithful throughout the generations and will always be faithful–is taking care of you right now.

Even if you don’t know it. Even  if you can’t see it. Even if you can’t feel it.

Will you trust Him today? He is your God, and your times are in His hands.

Does this message speak to your heart today? If so, please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you!

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21 Comments

  1. Ann Johnstone says:

    You’re certainly not alone in this Jamie. Recently I’ve realized that, little by little, I’m becoming stressed. Not just by the big things, but by a multitude of little things that, when added up, become one big, unmanageable mountain! I’ve been bringing it before the Lord, handing it over to Him, and doing all those things that we’re told to do (trust, surrender, praise, confess…) and what happens? More things come along to stress me! And I’ve heard via the grapevine that I’m not alone in this. I suppose it works this way: God knows we’ll reach a certain point where everything becomes too much and we’ll be forced to hand it all over… to surrender our stress to Him… or else go crazy! I also suspect the devil is becoming increasingly active these days (his last gasp). He knows he can’t touch us directly because Jesus is standing in the way – but he manages to sneak in via the back door at times, knowing our weak spots. We need to encourage and support one another at times like this.

    1. I prayed for you, Ann. And I pray that Abba Father would give you grace, grace, and more grace to deal with each tiny thing one at a time, and that you won’t be intimidated by the number of tasks, but that He would order your steps so that you would be divinely inspired to handle each little thing He shows you to do next, and that the mountain would crumble in front of you. In Jesus’ name.

  2. Gina Trahan says:

    Hello sweet Jamie.
    I’m sorry that you’ve been worried about things lately. I pray the Father’s peace will take up residence in your mind and heart while He takes care of whatever needs attention in your life. I have placed many of my situations in His hand and then “presto chango” I snatch it back!
    Sometimes I pray and then I find myself rather I catch myself praying for the very things I just prayed about over and over during the day. “Thank you Father for taking care of things today” is what I should be doing instead. And I do that as well…..just not all the time. Always when anything good happens I try to thank him and give him the glory immediately; but sometimes hours will go by and then the light will come on and I’m like….”oh I forgot to thank you for that favor or the good job my hair stylist did on my hair etc etc…….
    I am notorious for severe anxiety and panic attacks. I am in therapy and have medication to help as well. But this anxiety is not the same as when I actually worry about things. It’s much much worse. I’m better at not worrying than I am at calming down when panic /and or anxiety strike. NOTHING SEEMS TO HELP THAT. BUT…….Lately I put on Christian music and head into my room and just sit on the bed until the medicine kicks in.
    I will definitely go to your link about a cure for anxiety and depression in a few minutes.
    My times are in God’s hands
    Thank you for sharing this with us.
    I am in a state of worry this morning as I fell off of an ab machine on Monday and landed on my face down. I injured my nose my lips my neck and I am worried about my nose as one side is so swollen inside and the other side is swollen outside. I find myself worrying about how it will heal. Will my nose be crooked….will I be able to breathe out of both sides again?
    My nose is in God’s hands. I don’t have to worry about it. It’s not broken and I will see a specialist if healing process doesn’t go as it should.I KNOW THIS.
    But your post today was very uplifting. I can simply meditate on that scripture. ……my everything is in his hand.☺
    Bless your heart Jamie today’s post is EXACTLY WHAT I NEED TODAY! !!!!
    Your sister and dear friend in Christ,
    Gina

    1. Hi Gina. I’m so sorry you hurt yourself. I prayed for your healing. And for you to receive healing from depression and anxiety as you present all your needs to God in prayer, moment by moment.
      Much love and big hugs to you!

  3. Oh Jamie….SPOT ON.
    I’ve been really struggling between the Truth and my (in the natural) unchanged reality. My Abba is Truth – that i’m His daughter is true and yes, He is El Hanne’Eman: the Faithful God and i’my truly grateful. Still, my heart has been so broken and heavy with the weight of enduring some lllooonnngg (years) existing situations whose challenges have evolved and intensified through the years. And i’m fighting to remain hopeful, expectanthe and joyful while really, i’m so weary and at my wit’s end. Have declared this very verse many times. And pressed to ascend the mount of the Lord, where Jejovah Jirah will see to it. Still fighting feelings of failure and the futility of any further effort. Plus feeling awful and asking Abba to forgive me for being so low when i know He is so Good.

    1. Yes. He is good. We just have to get a revelation of that–a deeper revelation than we’ve had before, in order to stop worrying! I know He’s growing us all, though, and is helping us.
      I prayed for you today, sister. 🙂

      1. Appreciate your prayers more than words can express…you are also continually in my heart, Jamie. May DaddyGod kiss your life and breathe on the deepest desires He’s placed in your heart. Every single one will come to pass; even as Holy Spirit has sealed you in blood covenant, He remains with you through the manifestation of His Word. “Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45
        Still singing through tears…
        Jonathan Butler song: I Stand On Your Word
        Elevation Worship song: Do It Again

  4. Clement Amoah says:

    Thank you God that my time and I desire to have are in your mighty and reliable hands. My worries are your concern for my well being. Thank you heavenly father.

    The Lord bless you Sister Jamie!!!!

  5. Rafael Somma says:

    I understand you because I’ve been plagued by worry and fear a lot in the last few years.

    1. I pray that you would receive the love of Abba Father more today than ever before, Rafael, and that He would comfort you and guide you, and help you lift all worries up to Him in prayer so that He can carry your burdens for you. 🙂

  6. Thank you Jaime! I really needed this right now. I am going through many things that I should not have to. I pray for you and your family and I thank Papa God for finding you! You are a blessing!!
    Your sister in Christ,
    Juli

    1. Thank you for that encouragement, Juli. I’m so glad today’s post blessed you. May Abba Father send you help from His sanctuary quickly, in Jesus’ name!

  7. Rebecca L Jones says:

    Worry could have been my middle name in years past and fear was not a good companion either, I was sure it was a generational curse and I heard ministers teach that but once I knew that as a believer, Jesus broke these, that was a relief. No matter how much Word I knew, I was always busy casting down imaginations. Confessing the you are His righteousness, puts the no weapon verse into effect.

    1. I think that casting down those imaginations and high/lofty things that exalt themselves against the knowledge of Christ is an ongoing process, Rebecca. I know I’m still at it every day!

  8. Thank you Jamie, the bible verse has said it all. Everything is in the hands of our Abba Father. When and what time is killing me. I pray that I get that spirit to look up to him whatever the situation.

    God bless you with your message today.

    1. Aaaaamen! May the Lord bless you with a worshipping heart that just worships Him no matter what you’re going through, and may you find comfort and peace in His presence–and JOY, joy unspeakable and full of glory, for in His presence is fullness of joy. Let it be so, Lord, and help us all lift our eyes up to you today, in Jesus’ name!

  9. Once again I thank Papa for your obedience. This is EXACTLY what I’ve needed. I spent the day in an unexpected fast as I cleaned my garage. I designated increments of time to pray in the Spirit about my concerns and it blessed me and enabled me to release them. I will be praying for you and all who commented today. May the Spirit of Truth bring you freedom and peace.

  10. Thank you so much beloved for allowing God to use you speaking into my life.

  11. Thankyou so much for writing this. I can definitely relate to it. Thanks for sharing your path through it, it’s really helpful.

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