Worrying does not do any good; who here can claim to add even an hour to his life by worrying? Matthew 6:27
This morning I experienced an almost overwhelming heaviness brought about by concern over various situations.
Concern for one of my children
Concern for a friend who is in a potentially dangerous situation
Concern over world events that seem to only get worse
Concern for what the coming days will bring….
I began to realize that my concern (which is normal) was driven by fear. Fear that in all of these situations the worst would happen. Fear that turns concern into burdens we were never meant to carry when we do not take them to God in prayer. As I thought through this I was reminded of Scripture I had read earlier in the day
“You are good and do only good;
teach me your decrees”. Psalm 119:68
Knowing that God is good and does good, what would His decree be in these concerns I have?
“Most of all, friends, always rejoice in the Lord! I never tire of saying it: Rejoice! Keep your gentle nature so that all people will know what it looks like to walk in His footsteps. The Lord is ever present with us. Don’t be anxious about things; instead, pray. Pray about everything. He longs to hear your requests, so talk to God about your needs and be thankful for what has come. Philippians 4:4-6
Not only is God good His goodness is not affected by what is dark or evil, not good. He can even use those things for good (Romans 8:28) and He tells us not to worry. Whatever we may be facing, whatever concerns we have He is good all the time and His goodness will prevail. Our part is to pray trust Him for the results and to give thanks not worry or take on burdens that are not ours to carry. For all He has done, for all He will do.
This week as I prepare for Thanksgiving I am reminded of all God has done throughout the year.
The dangers known and unknown He has brought us safely through.
The strength and courage He has given us to endure trials and difficulty
The undeserved blessing of His love and provision in all things.
The unending amazing grace He has shown and continues to give.
The comfort of knowing He is presently and eternally in control of all things concerning me, those I love and the world He created.
May we always remember to:
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136:1