2010-08-07 - Fear, Worry and Happiness
Worry is an emotional reaction to something that we fear. It is fear taken to an extreme.
We are to be anxious for nothing. Instead of worrying about food and clothing and things of this world he gives us two priorities: his kingdom and his righteousness. We further his kingdom by witnessing. And righteousness is right living. Live right and be a witness for God and he will take care of things for you.
Jesus tells us not to worry about the bills or anything else but to seek him. We need to slow down, lay aside fear and worry and just follow God and trust him. Now that is easier said that done but I have learned that in trusting him, he will take care of me. Things were shaky where I used to work and spiritually it wasn't a good place for me. I was looking for another job but was unsure of leaving the company; it was my comfort zone. God knew that so I was laid off. It hit me hard and I cried and cried. All the way home I cried and as I did I just kept praying over and over again, "Lord, It's in your hands. I trust you to do what is best." I was still upset and still unemployed but I trusted Him with the matter completely. I was laid off on Friday went in for a second interview with a company on Monday, offered the job on Tuesday and started working on Wednesday. God worked it out.
Jesus says not to worry about food and drink and earthly things. Even the Gentiles, or as it says in Luke even the pagans, worry about this. Look at your list of things you worry. If you put it up next to that of a non-Christian you know would you discover that you worry about the same things. The lists ought to be drastically different. We should have the peace that passes all understanding. Which of these lists looks most like yours?
We don't even have to worry about terrorist threats or even war. Dana tickled me a few weeks ago when the Homeland Security issued its advisory including safe guarding against gas attack with plastic and duct tape. She was genuinely worried about taping up the windows when our house is far from airtight. People have since died duct taping their rooms air tight. They were asphyxiated. They were literally killed by worry. If we die as Christians we know we'll be with God so we don't need to be afraid or be worried. Paul said to live is Christ to die is gain. God takes care of the birds he'll take care of us. Worry is wasting today's time to clutter up tomorrow's opportunities with yesterday's troubles.
We spend our lives dwelling on what happened and what might happen. How different we would be if we left the "what happened's" in the past and waited on the "what if's" until they become "what iss". We are challenged repeatedly in scripture to be faithful stewards of what he has given us so don't eat up precious time here on earth in worry. Instead be happy.
Until next time ...
All verses are from the King James Version unless otherwise specified.