Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Is Nervousness Godly?

Whether it be a big test, interview, date, sporting event, job review, musical performance, difficult conversation, or some other scenario, everyone has experienced nervousness at one time or another. Butterflies might flutter in the stomach, palms get sweaty, and the heart pounds.

Why do you suppose this is?

Some of it is the uncertainty of the outcome or maybe lack of confidence or possibly the overwhelming odds.

The closer we walk with God, the less nervousness should play a role in our lives. If we really believe He is in control, we should not be concerned with our own ability, lack of ability, other people, or any external condition. He works all things for good for those who are called to His purposes. (Romans 8:28)

"You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you." -Isaiah 26:3

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” -Joshua 1:9

These verses and promises should give us confidence and knowledge that He is at work in all situations and will guide our steps. Nervousness is not necessary. Obviously, for this to occur, a person must be in a spot of continually walking with God and have deep trust in His provision. While it is good to do all you can to prepare yourself, once you're in the moment, simply take action and don't worry about the unknown. God will accomplish His purposes.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7

In pursuit of His best,


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