How, Lord? . . . . How can we not worry?



WORDS OF JESUS:

For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink, nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?

And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?

And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.

But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith!

Do not worry then, saying 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?'

For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34 NAS


That last sentence really hits home right now. Every day when I get up I refuse to turn on the TV or look at news anywhere until time for Jerry to get up / take meds / breakfast / insulin. But I'm wondering before that what is happening in Ukraine? What has Putin done now? Are all the refugees safe, warm and fed? There are reportedly people starving in Ukraine that cannot get out.


I know since Jesus said the above in red:

It is true that we are not to worry.

It is possible for us not to worry.

He is the way, the truth and the life.

The key is seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness . . .


We can pray and read His word and do what it is He has called each of us to do. Some write pages of thanks to focus on how they are blessed.


Spiritual disciplines can also draw us closer to Him:

Inward: Meditation, Prayer, Fasting, Study

Outward: Simplicity, Solitude, Submission, Service

Corporate: Confession, Worship, Guidance, Celebration



Habakkuk, the Prophet, has a book in the Old Testament.


He was an open and honest seeker after God. His book is dated 615 - 598 BC and his name means 'embracer'. The book is about his own experience with anxiety and is only 3 chapters. Habakkuk was already anxious, then God showed him the future and his anxiety escalated to the point of being overwhelmed. He wanted to reconcile what he was seeing with what he believed.


The Prophet learned several things that helped him during this time:


A. There are times when it appears God does not hear our prayers.

B. At other times God has given answers that are unexpected. Habakkuk had a good plan for God to chastise his own nation then send a powerful Revival.

C. God's plan was vastly different. God told Habakkuk He was going to raise up the Chaldean army to destroy Israel. The Lord can use a 'godless' entity to teach His people.


In summary, history is under God's control. History follows a divine plan with a divine timetable. History is bound up with God's Divine Kingdom.


While it is important to keep up with current events, we must also understand the significance of events. As Christians we need to view events spiritually, not with only political eyes.


THE BIBLE WAY

  1. Stop talking . . and think. James 1:19

  2. Think about the basics:

Jesus died for me, even me! Galatians 2:20

I was born again and look forward to heaven. John 3:16

The Holy Spirit helps me remember. John 14:26

God loves me and I belong to Him. Genesis 1:26

Thus far the Lord has helped me. 1 Samuel 7:12

An Anxious heart weighs me down. Proverbs 12:25


3. Apply the basics to the problem


If you are still anxious . . Commit the unsolved problem to God.

Honest questioners can find our honest God.












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