So, when we stop putting ourselves first, when we put the Lord first, then we will have success. We will know that everything we are is because of the Lord, and there will not be fear or striving. Let me say that again. THERE WILL BE NO FEAR OR STRIVING BECAUSE WE RELY ON THE LORD.
Understand that when you are actually dwelling in the Lord, when your faith is actually in Him and not in your fearful actions and habits and thoughts, you will no longer be afraid. Seriously! Your existence will be completely different from what it is now, because you will be focused on Him. He will provide your strength and needs, and you will trust Him to do so.
Right now you do not trust Him. You might think you do. You might WANT to. But if you are struggling with fear, then you do not trust that He will provide for you. You do not trust that He loves you and will care for you and that He will make everything work for the good of those who love Him—even sorrowful or painful things are always worked out for the good of those who love Him. Right now you do not believe that, do not have faith in that. If you did, you would not be full of anxiety or fear or dread or depression.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. KJV
He will be first in your life, you will know your humble, yet glorious and loved, place.
Let’s talk about that place for a moment. You are a child of God. That is a humble and glorious place. It is glorious because it is being a child of GOD! You share in His glory because you are His. You were bought with the blood of Jesus, His Son and you are a sibling to Him. Not a distant relative, but His sibling. You are equally loved, equally blessed, equally part of the family as Jesus Himself!!
However, this is also a humble place—you are a child of God. You are not the father of God, nor the counselor of God, nor the teacher of God. You are not God’s equal, though you share equally in His love with your other brethren. No, you are still a child, still under His authority. That is a humble place to be, under the authority of the Lord. However, that is a place of great security and protection. Humble yourself, therefore, like a little child:
Matthew 18:1-5 1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. KJV
Luke 18:17 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein. KJV
Not only that, still your mind as the Psalmist did. This verse is for you.
Psalms 131:1 LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
131:2 Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother: my soul is even as a weaned child.
131:3 Let Israel hope in the LORD from henceforth and for ever. KJV
The word “soul” here means your inner man, your mind, your self according to the NAS lexicon (http://bible1.crosswalk.com/Lexicons/Hebrew/heb.cgi?number=05315&version=nas).
If we look at this verse, we can see that the Lord is telling us to keep our minds off of matters that are not our affair. That does not mean just not being nosy, but keeping our minds off of the job that is the Lord’s…including protecting ourselves, stressing and worrying about life. Our mind must be still and quiet, not stressing, but resting with the Lord, trusting Him like a child rests in his mother’s arms and trusts her to take care of him. That child does not worry about his next meal…his mother provides it. That child does not worry that he will be attacked—his mother is there to protect him. That child runs to his mother when he is scared or fell down and then rests in her arms, just as we must rest in the Love of the Lord our God. We know that a mother can be weak, can be fallible. We know that a mother might leave, but the Lord never ever does. So we are to fully quiet our minds, trusting in Him. We put our hope in Him, not in our superstitions and fretful thoughts and shrinking away from our duties.