[CF Devotionals] 2010-08-08 - Fear, Worry and Happiness

Part 2

Worry

Worry is an emotional reaction to something that we fear. It is fear taken to an extreme.

Matthew 6:25-34
  1. Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
  2. Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
  3. Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
  4. And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
  5. And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
  6. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
  7. Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
  8. (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
  9. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
  10. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

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?

World's Worries Christian's Worries
Money, Bills – Finances Heavenly Treasures
Physical Fitness Spiritual Fitness
Appearances Testimony
Making it to the Top Being a Servant

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 is’s". 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 ...

IHFHBOH
Adam

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All verses are from the King James Version unless otherwise specified.