LEAVE THE PACKAGE AT THE DOOR

Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you. [1 Peter 5:7 (GNT)]

Relieve me of my worries and save me from all my troubles. [Psalm 25:17 (GNT)]

Estes Park, COMy doorbell rang and, by the time I got to the door the FedEx man was walking away, having left a large box on the porch. As he backed out of the driveway, I shouted a thanks and brought in my latest order from Amazon.

Let’s pretend that we’re FedEx drivers and we arrive at the designated recipient’s house. After ringing the bell, the man of the house answers and we show him the package. Unlike my delivery man, however, we don’t leave it with him. Instead, we get out the packing slip and tell him the contents of the box. Then we open up the carton and show him everything in it. Finally, we tape it up again, lug it back to the truck and stow it there for another day. I’m not sure why we won’t leave the carton but perhaps we’re afraid the man of the house won’t take good care of the precious shipment. The next day, however, with even more packages loaded in the truck, we do the same thing, bringing the  boxes to his door and then returning to the truck with the same load. Eventually, we need a hand cart to carry all those cartons to the door, the truck gets overloaded, and we want to quit. How easy our job would be if we’d trust the recipient enough to leave the packages at his door where they belong!

Just as the FedEx man always leaves my packages, we’re supposed to entrust our cares and concerns to God the first time we come to His door. It does no good to carry our worries and fear to the Lord’s doorstep if we won’t leave them there. It’s futile to unpack our sorrow and anxiety for God if we just repackage them and keep carting them around. We need to trust that once we’ve given our concerns to God, He’ll tend to them. Moreover, instead of a friendly wave or thanks, God will give us His peace when our worries are left at His door.

Heavenly Father, how often we give you our troubles only to take them back again. Reassure us of your strength to handle any and all of them so we willingly leave our problems with you. May we always remember your incredible love for us so that we know our cares are safe in your hands.

Worry is the antithesis of trust. You simply cannot do both. They are mutually exclusive. [Elisabeth Elliot]

Worry implies that we don’t quite trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what’s happening in our lives. [Francis Chan]

Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. And God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with Christ Jesus. [Philippians 4:6-7 (GNT)]

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