Pastors Thoughts 21 January 2018
WORRY ABOUT NOTHING AND PRAY ABOUT EVERYTHING.
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 4:6-7)
In November last year, Sarah Fader, a 37-year-old social media consultant in Brooklyn who has generalised anxiety disorder, texted a friend in Oregon about her intention to visit soon. When she failed to get a response within the next day she posted on Twitter to her 16,000-plus followers. “I don’t hear from my friend for a day and I am thinking that they don’t want to be my friend anymore,” appending the hashtag This Is What Anxiety Feels Like. Thousands of people were soon offering up their own examples of anxiety over unanswered texts or emails. After seeing the response she came to the sad conclusion that, “If you’re a human being living in 2017 and you’re not anxious, then there’s something wrong with you.”
As I read that story, and as I pondered on the issue of ‘worry’ for my message this Sunday, I came to the realisation that most of us fall into the trap of tending to think to highly of ourselves. We love having the answers and we tend to think we are right most of the time. We also fall prey to the notion that we are ultimately responsible for everything in our lives. We have to be in control and know what’s happening. Consequently we spend a lot of time worrying because we have somehow come to the conclusion that worry is a productive tool for us. We live as if it’s an inescapable part of life. Accordingly, instead of spending our time and energy focusing on things we can control or change, we spend most of our time fretting over things that haven’t happened, won’t happen or happened in the past and can’t be changed. Worry lives in the future and deals with the unknown and the uncontrollable and robs us of our joy and peace.
The key to ridding our hearts and minds of unnecessary worry is to get our focus off ourselves and onto the grace and sovereignty of God. When we learn to pray regularly and talk to God about everything then God rewards our active prayer life with his peace. When you have that peace, you know that everything God is leading you to do in your life will be resourced and it will ultimately succeed. Knowing this is your best defence against worry.
If you are facing some big problem or decision today then spend a lot of time talking to God about it and let him bring His peace to the situation.
God bless,Pastor John.