Nuggets – Careful for nothing

Careful for Nothing
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)

Many of us know those types of precious people who seem to thrive on making sure the details are right. They keep us careful, ensure our safety, and strengthen our plans, and yet that same strength can lead to anxiety, troubling our souls and dominating our lives. Our verse today warns us about this facet.

Our Lord gently admonished in Luke 10:41: “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things.” Martha, Mary, and their brother Lazurus were longtime associates of the Lord Jesus. He had spent many hours in their home and had come to love them as close friends. No doubt Martha had often “given thought” to Christ’s visits and had been “in turmoil” over the details many times. But our gracious Lord saw the circumstances controlling Martha, and He softly insisted that she not lose the thing of greatest value by sacrificing the permanent on the altar of the immediate.

And that is the admonition in our text. Nothing should absorb us so much that we attempt to solve things on our own before submitting our requests to our Lord. Jesus made it pretty clear: “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on” (Matthew 6:25). Look around, our Lord insisted. The birds and the flowers can’t be altered by our “thoughts.”

After all that Job’s friends did to “encourage” him, our great Creator reminded Job of the many wonders that he could see if he paid attention. Nothing is beyond the care of our Lord. Sometimes, we need reminding, too. HMM III

From the Institute for Creation Research

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One Response to Nuggets – Careful for nothing

  1. Looking Up! says:

    Oh yes, I have pondered these verses many times and learned much. They are amongst my favorites as they have spoken greatly to me over the years.
    Adding some verses and thoughts.

    LUKE 10:38-42
    Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.

    Martha was at the door the second Jesus arrived and received Him in. Yet she was as you said always so focused on everything, trying to be sure it was all perfect. (Often we can then become critical of everyone else. Maybe even a little self righteous?) Martha finally just had to point out to Jesus that her sister wasn’t HELPING HER! Nothing worse than a tattler unless it is a grownup tattler! (Ha) Really, is gossiping any different? Often it is only because you either want others to know something that only you know so that you seem just pretty darn special. I mean, you know and others don’t so it will be up to you to share the news or rather the gossip. Or your gossip is really to try to destroy someone, oh, in an ever so nice way…bless their hearts. Well, you pretend you thought surely they already were aware. You just want to pump yourself up in one way or another. Either to show your special because you know something others don’t or because by trashing someone it makes you think you look a little better.

    Ok, so back to Martha and Mary. Mary seemed not worried about all the fluff. Mary had sat at the feet of Jesus. Jesus told Martha there was one thing needful and that thing is what Mary had correctly chosen. (Often trying to be sure everything is perfect is again all so that you yourself will seem perfect. But it is a struggle and caused much anxiety.)

    Love this….

    PSALM 27:4
    One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after;
    That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    To behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.

    Praise the Lord! Hallelujah! Thank You Jesus!

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