Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – February 1, 2019
Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? Matthew 6:27
The results of worry aren’t redeeming, productive, or helpful. Worry doesn’t assist today and it only complicates tomorrow. Its ultimate sideways energy sidetracks us from our Heavenly Father’s loving comfort. Worry is a dark alley in a loud, confused city. It’s an untrodden trail off the beaten path of God’s will. Worry has a way of putting a wrench in the works of Christ. It’s a subtle and not so subtle way to place our efforts ahead of God’s. Worry leads to a victim mindset.
Worry can become a self fulfilling prophecy. Yes, we can work ourselves into a frantic state of self reliance, so much so that we begin to believe and live out lies. We predict the worst case scenario is imminent and then act in ways that move us in that direction. We simmer in self pity, talking like a victim, then we become a victim. Worry whispers statements like, “What if you lose your job?”, “What if you have a disease?”, “What if he/she leaves you?” Worry’s results wreak havoc.
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful” (Colossians 3:15).
Praise the Lord there are remedies to worry! Shifting our focus from self to our Savior is a fool- proof way for faith to preempt false thinking. Self is like a jealous lover who wants to be the cen- ter of attention, but Christ alone deserves this highest status of affection. When our idols of security, money, control and comfort bow to Jesus, worry runs away rejected. Worship embraces hope as courage for the heart. Courage and hope are fraternal twins that birth in us a living faith.
The Lord sustains you when you cast your cares on Him. Your humility in confessing your ongoing need for Christ leads to spiritual sustainability. Healthy soul care requires you to invite your Heavenly Father to care for your anxious heart and nervous emotions. Submission to Sovereign God precludes a position for your pride to perch. Yes, Jesus’ spoken word in Scripture soothes your soul and brings peace to your war of worry. The result of trust is peace and calm.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).
Heavenly Father, I bow in humility to You, trusting You with my cares and concerns.
What worry is consuming my thinking that I need to exchange for trust in Christ?
Taken from Boyd and Rita’s newest book, A Little Book of Comfort.
Focus from self to your Savior Jesus is a foolproof way for faith to preempt false thinking. #wisdomhunters #worry
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