What I Read Today:
Romans 6; Matthew 6; Isaiah 9-10; Psalm 65; 2 Chronicles 26; Exodus 25
I’m sure that people listening live to Jesus Sermon on the Mount would get a good chuckle out of listening to people in the 21st century complain about worry. Especially those of us living in the United States. The things we worry about today would pale in comparison to what people lived with when Jesus lived.
However, worry and anxiety are serious problems today. Disease, finances, jobs, and family problems can leave a path of destruction in our lives.
Stress is a silent killer leading to heart disease, high blood pressure, and other problems.
Jesus tells us not to worry. I know some are having a good chuckle at that. But if I’m honest, most of the things I’ve allowed myself to worry about have been much ado about nothing. I’ve let outward circumstances get me so worked up that I ended up not being able to function. More often than not, the thing I was worrying about passed right on by not leaving a mark.
We say we trust God. But we cannot fully trust that God can take our biggest fears and care for them. We treat our worries like the old paddle ball game. We hit the ball, but the string keeps pulling them back towards us, allowing us to hit them again. It works until all of a sudden, we miss the ball, and it falls to the ground. Instead of letting it go, we pick the ball up and start hitting it once again.
It’s a constant cycle in our lives.
Jesus tells us to cut the cord and let the ball go. Let God grab ahold of your problem and see how fast your worry and anxiety fall away!