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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Why Worry, II

Let’s continue our thought from the last posting titled Why Worry. (If you did not read it yet you can scroll down to it.)

Remember I said to be like Chrissy and “Don’t you worry about a thing.”

Some of us may remember Innervisions, an album by Stevie Wonder, released on August 3, 1973. I say some of us because I was only 6 months old at the time.

Stevie recorded a song on that album entitled Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing and if you watch much TV you may have seen the recent UPS Store commercials using this song as it’s jingle. The reason they use it is obvious, they want you to have total confidence in their business for all your mailing and shipping needs. When you hand off your package, they want you to be free from worry.

And how many of us really do, worry that is? When I send a package I do not sit around and fret about where it is or whose possession it is in at that moment. Yes, I get their point, but the package isn't a matter of life and death. If it were I would not be shipping it.

But, there are some things that are a matter of life and death I am concerned about. For one thing, I have two teenage kids driving (I would appreciate your prayers!), there also is a community with souls who do not know Christ we are trying to reach, another concern of mine is the fact that on November 4th we will elect the man who will be the next Commander and Chief of our country. And this is just a very small, very valid list of my concerns.

And all of us have concerns but there is a difference between concern and worry, and when our concern turns to worry, doubt walks in and faith walks out.

Let’s see what Jesus has to say in Matthew 6:25. “Therefore I tell you, stop being perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life….” (Amplified)

OK, it’s easy to say stop worrying or being anxious, but how do you really do that?

In Why Worry I shared why we should trust God, now let’s look at how to trust God.

If you read through to verse 33 of Mathew chapter 6 you will come to the answer. “But seek first the kingdom of God (God’s ways of doing things) and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”

I like what Rick Warren says regarding this issue, "Worry is the warning light that God is really not first in my life at this particular moment.” Ouch, that hurt.

But if we will seek God and His ways first, this verse says all our needs and issues will be met and taken care of.

Here is the last verse in chapter 6 (verse 34), "Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.” (Message)

So, yes, we can choose to adopt Stevie Wonder's song Don’t You Worry ‘bout a Thing as our theme song too, BUT in order to live truly worry free it will require us to seek God first.

Sounds easy doesn't it? That's because it really is!

Try it. Put God first and see. He can handle any situation, any worry, any problem, any relationship, any job, any need. He can do more in one moment then we can ever do in a life time.

If you have a testimony of God taken care of a worry for you when you chose to put Him first, please leave it in the comment section. (Feel free to leave your comment anonymously) You may be the encouragement someone needs who is dealing with the same issue. God does not help and comfort us in life just for our own sakes, He makes us comfortable so we can be comfort-able for someone else.

Also, if you want me and all those reading to stand in agreement for you and your needs, please leave your prayer request in the comment section as well. Again you can leave it anonymously if you need to.

With all my heart,

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I always worried about our finances. But I gave it all to God. Now I have peace, I know he will take care of us. Thank you for your blog Tina!