Have you ever heard someone say that? I think we all have…. probably, either… poor Mom, or one’s wife. It’s almost like they’re looking for something to worry about. Let’s start with our children, then our elderly parents; or our spouse’s job running out. Then, our grandchild… failing out of college, or having to appear in Court… or maybe a pending DUI charge. Maybe, we’ve run out of money before the end of the month, and haven yet to pay the rent. Possibly we are worried about a biopsy coming back POSITIVE. Maybe we got caught in a serious LIE, or some other compromising situation that could ruin one’s life… or career.
There are ENDLESS possibilities of why we could be sick to death with worry. But….does worry change anything? We are told in….Luke 12:22-40 – And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
For me… I’m good at ‘not worrying, or getting depressed’… because: If I can CONTROL or change the outcome of something, then what’s the need in worrying…I just work at changing the outcome? And, if I cannot control the outcome, then what’s the need in worrying, because I will have no effect on the outcome…and worrying won’t add or subtract a fraction. Isaiah 41:10 tells us – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
I know… this is all said a lot easier… than done….especially when it comes to the health of a family member. But, if we don’t trust in the Lord, then who do we trust in? Remember: Adversity builds strength. God is always preparing us for something… it could be today, tomorrow, or…..
So….Just be ready… Ephesians 2:8 clearly says – For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.
….Blessings… as we seek to put our worries behind us… cjlb…2/16/2018