Monday, June 24, 2013

Don't Worry About It

Psalm 37:34

34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.

Don't Worry About It

There are medicines and self-help books and retreats and countless other ways the world has provided to deal with stress.  Stress management is a multimillion dollar industry, at least in this country and probably in many places around the world.  And for good reason - stress can kill a body.  From high blood pressure to heart attacks to systemic pain, stress is often at the bottom of many chronic diagnosis.  The added burden of paying for relief can often add more stress.

As children of God, those of us who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, we are supposed to take a different tack.  Over and over again in the Word of God, we're told, often commanded, on what to do with worry.  From 'wait' to 'cast' to 'fret not, fear not', we are openly compelled to dismiss the concerns and focus on who God is.  Why?  Because our Father knows what worry can do to our physical beings.  Also, because our Father has already worked out the resolution.

Jeremiah 29:11 reminds us that God's thoughts toward us are "thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end."  He literally always has our best interest at hand.  Regardless of what we bring to Him, regardless of the condition we present, His desired outcome for us is for peace and not evil.  Hallelujah!

So why worry?  That's what the Holy Spirit asks us all the time.  Why do we worry with the things of the world?  Actually, the real question should be, Am I in the will of God?  Are we doing what we were designed to do?  Are we pursuing the plans that He has laid out for us or are we doing everything in our power to be contrary? 

Living contrary to the will of God?  Now that's cause for stress.  Psalm 50 outlines that with the same energy that Psalm 37 comforts.

Regardless of the obstacle, there is a way out.  It starts at the feet of Jesus and is accomplished in the shadow of the Holy Spirit.  Yielding to the Father's will will lead us not only out of trouble, but will keep us in the midst. 

Dear ones, take the time today to just give up.  Give up worry.  Give up disobedience.  Give in to the compelling call of the Savior.  Then watch how things change around you.  Some will be fast.  Some will take time.  Some may resolve in ways that you never imagined.  It won't always be easy, but it will always result in peace and not evil.

And as far as the details, don't worry about it.  God's got you.

Psalm 37:3-7

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
Delight thyself also in the Lord: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.


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