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03/14/2017

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Worry, Worry, Worry


"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 Pet.5:6-7).

 

  As we continue on with this series about worry and anxiety, it almost seems as if we live in an anxiety driven world. At every turn we see the furrowed brow, the set jaw, the anxious stare, or the nervous pace... Young people worry because they are not older, while older folks worry because they are no longer young. The educated are burdened by knowing too much, while the uneducated worry because they know so little. "For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief"  (Eccl.1:18). The rich are worried because they have too much, while the poor are burdened by their lack of things... Jesus' teaching about worry in the gospel of Luke is preceded by the parable of the rich fool. After a rich man produced a very large and profitable crop, he decided that he needed to build bigger barns to store it, and then take ease. Instead of bigger barns, he needed a bigger heart... Some worry about the future while many lament over the past, and on and on it goes.  I may have gone overboard with some of my examples, but the fact remains that too many folks are steeped in worry, while today's verses provide the antidote... When we humble ourselves under the mighty hand of God, He promises us that at the right time, He will lift us up. Verse seven (7) of 1 Peter 5 is especially poignant, encouraging and uplifting... "Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you..."  This may sound silly, but we shouldn't worry about that which we cannot control and shouldn't worry about that which we can help. Idle hand can become the devil's workshop, so we should take heed of the words found in Eccl.9:10; "Whatever your hand finds to do, do it will all your might..."  When we seek and find Jesus, we have the ultimate caregiver... Lets use Him every day...

 

  Have a wonderful day... Do good and give God the credit....    Love                          mark                                  Phil.4:11


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