Why Worry?

“I have to get this task done this week.” “I need to study more and ace this exam tomorrow.” “How will I pay for those shoes for my kids?” “Why did they have to get sick?” “Who’s responsible for this?”

Every day, I come across examples of worry in most people’s lives. In fact I don’t believe I know anyone who is not basically constantly worried about something. Even the tiniest bits of life have become worrisome.

Almost as far back as the birth of this nation, the most aggressive form of this sin (yes worry is a sin(Matt 6:25-27)) seems to have been with our governments. For decades, our country has been divided; mostly on foreign and economic postures. In the latter years, the public has become much more vocal as technology and travel have evolved. Brothers and sisters, please pay heed – our governments are just tools in the Lord’s plan for the destiny of humanity. Just as He used the Pharaoh  Ramses, Pontius Pilate and Judas Iscariot in what we consider negative ways, he continues to use everyone in every kind of way. “Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremiah the prophet, saying, And they took the thirty pieces of silver, the price of him that was valued, whom they of the children of Israel did value; And gave them for the potter’s field, as the Lord appointed me.” (Matt 27:9-10)

Each and every one of us were brought to this world to become an integral part of His plan – right down to the infant who dies at 2 days old. I wish not to offend anyone, but God is in control and there are reasons even for what we deem as such a tragedy. (Isaiah 55:8-9)

I have found the grace of the Lord’s peace in just 2 lines of wisdom:
– Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him (In Touch Ministries)
– “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose“.(Rom 8:28)

You see, we know we should obey God and if we don’t stay in His path for our lives there will be consequences. As Christians, even bad consequences will have a positive effect on our lives and the lives of those around us. It is God’s way of steering us back onto the right path, through the “narrow gate”(Matt 7:13)

So for each and every day that comes and goes, as the sun lies down on the bed of its horizon, let us lie down and rest in the peace of the Grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, that He has already planned, for us, a better tomorrow and there is no need to worry about it. (Matt 6:31-34) “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths“.(Proverbs 3:5-6)

Walking with Christ

Are you walking with Christ? Do you obey all of the eleven commandments? Do you give to the poor? Do you attend church every Sunday? Well, maybe you do all of these things, but that doesn’t mean that you’re walking with Christ. To walk with Christ means to walk with God. To walk with God is to be completely righteous. The Bible says that Noah walked with God. (Genesis 6:9) This passage also says “Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations…“. So, then, in order to walk with God, we must be perfect. (Matt 5:48)  God can accept nothing less. That’s why He sent His only Son to pay our sin debts. We are to confess, repent and ask for God’s forgiveness, to be sanctified.(2 Timothy 2:21)

Our actions can affect those around us with great amplitude and most times we don’t even realize it. Our children, for instance, will develop the same habits that we have just for being with us most of the time. Also, we often times notice changes in their behavior when they are associating with different children at school. The “do as I say and not as I do” theorem for parenting is simply, hypocrisy (although I was brought up with it and never questioned it).

Here’s another question: Do you ever change your behavior when you meet certain other people? Do you put on your best behavior when you meet the church minister, your doctor, maybe even your in-laws? Why? Why would we put on our best behavior for others around us (at the time) and not carry our very best foot forward for our Heavenly Father, who, by the way, is with us ALWAYS?

To begin a regimen of your best behavior, begin by reading the Sermon on the Mount. (Matt 5-7) Jesus instructs us how to live a godly life in these three short chapters, and does so simply and clearly. There is much, much more than just this scripture written in Proverbs, Psalms and numerous other passages in the Bible, but it’s a really good start to learning to walk with God. When others see you behaving in a godly manner it may affect them in a positive way. Hopefully, this is the kind of behavior that will spread world-wide.