Some years back, I served on a committee at my Church for renovation. We needed a few bids for a job and I had a friend, once more, who lived in another town come and place a bid. He had bid on another job there but we went with another company. The meeting with our congregation was on the week-end and I had felt positive about this one and had told him that it looked good. At the meeting we had gone with another construction company and I would have to call and give my friend the news on Monday.
During the remainder of the week-end, I had dealt with anger, disappointment and fear of having to give the news to my friend. After much prayerful work, I decided to call him early on Sunday afternoon. After he answered and I had apologized for the inconvenience, he just replied, “Thank goodness!” He had received an offer for a much larger job, but was going to have to turn it down on Monday, the next day, since he had committed to me. Was reminded of that demonstration of God’s love and wisdom as I was praying this morning. Why would I ever waste my time worrying?
Psalm 126:5-6 reads “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”
There are so many conflicting stories in the world today! Which do we believe? We are told to do one thing and then another and they seem to be opposite. Actually, it could lead into despair, confusion and depression! Right there, we need to pray with John 16:33 which reads “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Otherwise, we spend time trying to figure out error, which never leads to good.
Staying with God, looking through His eyes, we can still see Love going on. Now, more than ever, we need to watch our focus. Only Good is going on as we cling to God, we can recognize it and release fear and worry.
While at my desk I glanced out at my beautiful hanging basket of pink petunias which were drooping badly, so I went outside to water them. Then I noticed that I seemed to be worrying about an issue that I had been praying about. As I prayed I thought of how I refuse to pray AND worry. I will do one or the other and it is always “pray”.
Beginning with God and His greatness and Love, soon I released the fear that was trying to creep in. After several phone calls from people needing prayer work and taking the thought off of myself, my spirit soon lifted and joy was felt. I glanced out the window and the flowers had perked up and were again beautiful. I had given them nourishment and released them. The same thing had happened to me. My soul was being nourished by my unselfish prayers and I had released all worries to God. The battle is always His.
Song of Solomon 2:13 states “The fig tree forms its early fruit; the blossoming vines spread their fragrance. Arise, come, my darling; my beautiful one, come with me.” I soon related to this totally.
Today, I have had quite a few realizations about worrying. First of all, how can we pray and worry at the same time? Isn’t that questioning God’s omnipresence? Isn’t that doubting that God is the only power there is? To worry about something gives it power and by doing that, it becomes a god! Sin or error can never be in the present, but is always in the past or future and is usually a judgement call. I Peter 5:6 reads, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.”
When worry tries to tempt me, I will reject it and know God is working His purpose out and that purpose can only bless me.
So often, fear and anxiety appear seductive in getting us to worry about the future. We seem to project ourselves into a future without God which is absolutely absurd. God has been and always will be with us and is as close as our next breath. Three good verses to pray with when we have concern over the future is Luke 12:22-25 which states, “Then Jesus said to His disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?'”
Our every human need is always met by Divine Love.
Worrying is both unnecessary and counterproductive. There can be no trust in God and we certainly cannot hear God in such a state! Luke 12:22-31 reads, “Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it…But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.'”
Today, I will rejoice and know that God is governing my life.
My first call of the day was from someone asking for prayerful help. It seems she was worried about her husband, daughter, grandbabies and their business. As I listened, I finally added that I would think she would then worry about the state of affairs of the country and the universe, as far as that was concerned. I didn’t understand why she was just worried about her family. The bottom line to every worry is the fear there is more than one power. God, Good is the only power there is! Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Isn’t that making all those other things, “gods”?
Genesis 1: 28 reads, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
Once I heard someone say we should live like we were at summer camp. Remember, how each day was filled with joy and adventure because we were alive! Do we now live like we are at camp or fill each day with planning what we will be doing later when we get there? Life is going on Now! Isaiah 41:13 states, “For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear; I will help you.'” Those robbers of abundant living, which are fear and worry are never present when we live in the Now! Live today to the fullest.
This morning as I was reading my Daily Devotional, it occurred to me that the majority of these begin with a forewarning of when our journey gets rough! While pondering this, a light bulb came on because after reading these, you almost always expect something negative to happen!
Refusing to begin each day expecting disaster, I will pray with Jeremiah 25:11 which states, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, ” plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Never once does it mention “pitfalls” but prosperity. Often times we experience these “pitfalls” when we are expecting them!
Beginning my day, the temptation to outline my busy day ahead comes to mind. The over-stimulating world can often zap my energy when I have not first communed with God. Then, I read from Luke 12:22-25, “Then Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear….Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?’ ”
Proverbs 16:3 states, “Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.”