Lifelines 10/29/2017

It might be the most ignored command in the Bible.  It is neither confusing nor difficult to comprehend.  It could not be simpler, “Do not worry.”  See?  There is nothing intellectually challenging about it.  Jesus said it more than once.  Paul echoed the same sentiment.  The Psalms do, too.  We see it throughout the word of God.  Yet, we worry.


The Lord was little more than halfway through the first of His sermons recorded in the New Testament when He addressed it in the most basic of terms (Matthew 6:25-34).  Food and clothes are indeed essentials, but nature itself teaches us of God’s provisions.  After all, He is our Father (If we are disciples!) and knows what we need.  Trust Him, and stay focused on what is really important.   Birds and flowers are pretty good teachers if we will just learn from them.


Tomorrow will consume today if we let it.  “What if,” will stop us in our tracks.  It glued the feet of Moses to the ground where he stood (Exodus 4:1).  He had a huge assignment and feared failure.  Jesus warned of fretting about tomorrow’s necessities (Matt. 6:34).  The devil will always plant some hypothetical future problem in our mind to divert our attention from the here and now.  We worry.  He succeeds.  The Lord’s will goes undone.


Anxiety continues to nag at us.  It should not.  It could not possibly be clearer.  He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).  God.  The Creator.  The One who put all of this creation together by the sheer exercise of His will.  He flexed His omnipotence and everything came into existence.  He addressed the dark, formless, empty world and it changed into a functional form.  He flung a ball of fire into the sky and it stayed.  He took dirt and formed a man.  His breath gave that man a life unlike anything else.  And we worry?  About what?  He is our Father.


Long before we existed, He anticipated a people in trouble.  The devil’s trap was set and Eve stumbled into it.  The door was left open, and we all took the bait.  We were unable to free ourselves.  Our lives had been sacrificed on the altar of sin, and we were helpless to fix it.  God was not, but the price was exorbitant.  He paid it.  Blood dripped.  God the Son died a brutal death to solve our most pressing problem.  Now, exactly what is it that we are worried about?


Peter had plenty to fret about.  He had denied the Lord at a critical moment.  He was addressing Christians who were suffering.  His message?  Cast all your anxiety on God (1 Peter 5:7).  Did you notice that little word, “all?”  Not just the big stuff?  No, He wants us to unload everything on Him.  He cares and He had Peter write it down so that we would know.