Monday, March 14, 2016

Reasons why we worry

Simple.  We worry because we don't really trust God.  We say that we believe that he can create the universe out of nothing, but we worry that he can't deal with our problems.

I was thinking about this the other day.  Worry and anxiety are taking over our lives. We worry about what we eat, what we breathe, what we wear.  We worry about politics and terrorism.  We worry about our children, our prodigals, and we worry about spouses.  There is no end to the list of things that we worry about. All of it is wrong.

God can take care of you and yours.  He asks that you take your concerns to Him in prayer, and then He asks you to quietly trust. This is relatively easy when dealing with things that are out of our control, like the weather, or politics.

What is really difficult is to learn to trust God about situations that were all or partly our own fault.  Bad situations of our own making.  Maybe we instinctively believe that God won't help us get out of the mess we made.  Maybe we feel that suffering through our self-made troubles is somehow punishment for our disobedience and now we must bear the weight alone.  And that, is where real worry and anxiety kick into overdrive, because now we feel abandoned by God.

Good news.  That's not how God works. However, it's going to require a little more that trusting.  It is going to require you to Trust and Obey.  And by obey, I mean look over your situation, and see if and where you sinned.  Don't make excuses for it, and don't justify it. Repent of it, turn away. Then, and only then, you can pray and say "I trust you, Lord."   He forgives, and he restores.  Punishment was already doled out, on the cross.  Discipline's main goal is restoration. Come to God in repentance and rest.

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