2005-09-03 - Be Anxious for Nothing
Psalm 9, Part 6
But, if we are not looking to Christ, if we are allowing the waves of circumstances to control us, than just as is the case with the lost, much of what we are going through is for nothing. With the realization that God is in control, that He desires what is best for us, we must stop demanding that life be fair, that it be comfortable. This doesn't mean it's wrong to pray that the Lord cut us a break, a breather from the difficulties of life. And sometimes because He is both merciful and loving, He will. But it is wrong to demand that He do so. For when we demand an end to pain, God stops being God. Our god becomes relief, for everything we do is motivated with the intent of getting out of a difficult situation.
An individual came to me, in major pain in her marriage. Her husband was an alcoholic and treated her and the children accordingly. She really wanted to get out of the pain of the situation. I tried to help her understand that much of her pain came not from circumstances, but from the pressure she was feeling to change them. She needed to look to the Lord for the fulfillment of her needs. Instead, her god became relief from pain, and during the counseling process, she move further from the Lord until she was having an affair, because in that sinful relationship she was treated as she demanded her husband treat her. And so where we make demands on God, we place our felt needs ahead of Him, we put Him somewhere other than first place, and move into the sin of idolatry. And then truly all our pain is for nothing.
God is in control, and as we trust Him, we stop making demands regarding our circumstances, and then we can truly praise Him, for He loves us and meets our real needs. We are free to live life as He presents it to us, not being controlled by circumstances, but controlled by Him. We can truly understand the command, and hope to obey it, that says:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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).
It is only by living in this framework that we will truly find the peace of God. And it is as we live out these truths on a day-to-day basis, that the lost around us will be given a glimpse of the true blessings of being a child of God. And as we show them our blessings, we will also have the opportunity to warn them the day is coming when they will face a righteous judge. It is their choice now to accept Christ's payment for their sin, or on judgement day to pay the price themselves. We must give everyone the chance to know that they will bow down to Christ. They only question is, will they be a child of God, or will they be the prisoner in the dock?
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