‘Let him have all your worries and cares.’ 1 Peter 5:7 TLB
Author John Mason writes: ‘I couldn’t feel at peace. Unless I had everything figured out, I became anxious, restless, nervous, worried, and grouchy… similar to a drug addict who needs a fix. The severity wasn’t the same but the symptoms were. I was a Christian and supposedly walked by faith. I trusted Jesus for salvation, but in other areas I trusted myself.’ Are you living that way?
Inspirational author William Ward wrote: ‘Worry is faith in the negative, trust in the unpleasant, assurance of disaster, and belief in defeat. It’s a magnet that attracts negative conditions. Faith is a more powerful force that creates positive circumstances. Worry is wasting today’s time, and cluttering up tomorrow’s opportunities with yesterday’s troubles.’
When an old man was asked what had robbed him of joy in his life, he replied, ‘Things that never happened.’ Do you remember the things you worried about a year ago? Didn’t you expend a lot of energy on them? And didn’t most of them turn out to be fine after all? Almost 99 per cent of the things we worry about don’t happen.
Did you know that a dense fog covering seven city blocks thirty metres deep, is composed of less than one glass of water? Just one glass! But it can blot out practically all vision. And a cupful of worry can do the same thing. The Bible says, ‘People’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps.’ (Jeremiah 10:23 NIV) Stop trying to control every possible outcome. Life goes better when you decide to stand on God’s Word and trust Him to take care of you.
SoulFood: Ex 4–6, Mark 16:9–20, Ps 92, Prov 26:1–3
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