This California-bred-and-raised woman couldn’t believe it. I looked out at the Illinois landscape from my hotel room and couldn’t comprehend the power of the storm that was lighting up the night sky. The TV blared the warning that a tornado was possible and urged everyone to stay tuned for further coverage.
Whenever I start to worry, I think of four principles about God’s power that will protect us when the tornados of life come roaring at us.
God Can Do Whatever He Wants: He’s Experienced
God is an expert. God knows the what that He desires to accomplish. The what is the result of His plan, but as we’re heading toward the what, we get worried. We wonder if God really is capable and powerful enough to handle our situation as the tornado of problems heads for us.
Nothing. Absolutely nothing is too difficult for God. He can do whatever He wants, because He’s experienced.
God Can Do All He Wants: He’s Extravagant
God isn’t interested only in the result; He’s interested in the extent of what He does. There’s no limit to all God can do.
Paul wrote in his letter to the Philippians: And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19 NASB).
God doesn’t always wrap up everything in our lives in a neat package. God doesn’t always solve our problems with the all we’d like. But He always does all that He wants in the midst of the tornado because He’s an extravagant God. He provides and protects much more than we could ever deserve.
When worry flings itself at you, feeling like a tornado’s fierce winds whipping around you, hold onto this truth: God can do all He wants; He’s extravagant. He’s extravagantly in love with you and wants only the best for you.
God Can Do However He Wants: He’s Exacting
God is also involved in His own unique method for taking care of the very thing we’re worried about. And unique is the operative word. We cannot possibly see everything God sees from His vantage point. His knowledge is greater than we could ever comprehend.
Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (NASB).
Refocus on God’s power. He is exacting in His methods. He knows the plans He has for the pressure you’re feeling, the joy that won’t come, or the illness that won’t heal. He can do however He wants.
God Can Do Whenever He Wants: He’s Expeditious
We’ve heard it a lot: Timing is everything. And everything to worry about. We hear and experience so much pressure about time: Don’t waste it—use every moment wisely—you’ll only go by this way once. And then we start worrying when God doesn’t keep His end of the bargain about time.
When I think about managing my own time with God’s help I can look back and remember the exact principle that helped me release and worry less about my time pressures. Someone shared with me: “God will give me enough time to do what He wants me to do.”
The next time you feel like a tornado of worries is heading your way, trust God. He is our storm cellar of protection and care. He can do whatever, all, however, and whenever He wants. We can trust Him.
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by Kathy Miller
Kathy Miller wanted to be a writer when she was a teenager; she just didn’t know what it looked like. As a young mom, she took a community writer’s class and learned about a query letter. She sent one off and as a result, sold her first article. Then she went to a writer’s conference and three years later, her first book was published. It was called, Out of Control, and told the story of how God delivered her from being a child abuser. Now over 30 years later, she has 49 published books and a fiftieth contracted. She loves writing and speaking. Miller has spoken in 30 states and seven foreign countries. Her passion is to help Christians trust God more and to help others know how much God loves them. She lives in Southern California with her husband, Larry, of 43 years. They have written books together and spoken together on marriage.