Did you know that one of the main contributors to heart disease is lack of ability to sleep well? And, did you know that worry keeps us up at night? It also produces cancer, ulcers, high blood pressure.
Understandably, I can see where this would be true, but I had not given it much thought. Then, I happened to catch a sermon on TV by John Hagee over worry. He preached out of Matthew 6:30.
Jesus is the prince of peace. He tells us not to worry.
He has already solved the problems before us. Angels go before us. Worry is sin.
Worry is not believing God can take care of you.
Fear not the past, present or the future. Be bold and be strong. The God of Isreal is with you.
You are a child of God. Do not fear your enemies. “I will make your enemies to be at peace with you.”
There was a time when my faith seemed much stronger. These scriptures were my lifeline. I quoted them to myself daily and in all different kinds of situations.
Now, when I hear them, a light bulb goes off.
I feel something rising up inside of me…a boldness in the Lord.
I remember these are the things God has spoken in his word.
I remember a time when God came through for me and my family or my situation. Oh yes, now it is coming back!! I am remembering the things God has done.
Let not your heart be troubled.
There is so much power in those six little words. There are many real situations that trouble our heart. Death of a loved one. Severe health issues. Finances. These are hard situations, but the Lord still says to you and me, “Let not your heart be troubled.”
God has a plan for my life.
I know this, but unless I hear it or read it often, I forget. (I like to think I have total control over that!)
And, when I forget God is in control, I begin to worry.
When I forget God can handle my crazy life, I worry.
When I forget my kids are really his kids given to me on loan, I worry.
I hold the weight of the world on my shoulders sometimes. I want to make everything right. I don’t want people to hurt. I don’t want people to be wronged. I can’t stand injustice. I see short term actions that have long-term affects. And, I carry these concerns as if they were mine to own.
But only God gets to move the chess pieces. He has a bigger plan.
My job is to do the things he has given me wisdom to do and simply to pray. The rest is up to him. I have to give him that control. He is the prince of peace. He is the one who gives us rest.