“DO NOT WORRY” – MAN’S PERSPECTIVE

“DO NOT WORRY” – MAN’S PERSPECTIVE

We have all read Jesus’ teaching on why we should not worry. Indeed,

“…Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” Matthew 6:25-27

That makes sense.

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” Matthew 6:28-30

Yes, that’s true. Of course God will clothe and feed us better than He does the birds and the flowers. For indeed,

“Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:29-31

Right. All that is fine and good. But why then am I still in my rut? Why haven’t’ I been healed? Why aren’t my finances healthier? Why haven’t I received my restoration? Why are my loved ones still in trouble? Why?

A million different ‘why’s aren’t even enough to cover the multitude of worries that we have, isn’t it? Fact is, our problems are present, our problems are real; and soon, we start thinking that those are just fancy words spoken by the Son of God, who is far removed from our real pains.

Well, beloved, if that is you, welcome to the family. Those emotions aren’t foreign to me either, even though we both know that

“…we do not have a High Priest who is unable to sympathize and understand our weaknesses and temptations, but One who has been tempted [knowing exactly how it feels to be human] in every respect as we are, yet without [committing any] sin.” Hebrews 4:15 [AMP]

Sometimes we just need to hear it from another human being; another fallible, imperfect, sinful human being. So how about David?

Now, David was the perfect poster boy for the rags-to-riches story. He was a little shepherd boy who caught the eye of the king because he was the only one fool-hardy enough to fight the giant, whom everyone else was afraid of. Yet, when he finally became king, the power got to his head and he murdered his best general to cover up his adultery with the general’s wife; and showed such shameless favoritism to his first born that it turned his other children away from him. If David was a man of our times, surely many a TV series would have been made based on his story.

But despite David’s failings, David had faith, because he had a revelation of faith like no other man in the Bible, so let’s see what David has to say about not worrying.

“Don’t be upset by evildoers
or envious of those who do wrong,
for soon they will wither like grass
and fade like the green in the fields.” Psalm 37:1-2 [CJB]

“Don’t be upset by those whose way
succeeds because of their wicked plans.
Stop being angry, put aside rage,
and don’t be upset — it leads to evil.” Psalm 37:7-8 [CJB]

Now, this is something we can really relate to, can’t we? While Jesus gives comfort where comfort is needed most, David addresses the dark side of worry – envy, jealousy and anger.

If we are honest with ourselves, we don’t just worry, we get angry. Why are we put through this but someone else isn’t? Why do we have to suffer the pain of the disease while others enjoy the carefree life? Why do we have to slog it out, worrying how the next bill will be paid while others get away with a lifestyle that is less than upright?

Beloved, believe you me, I’d like to know that too. So let’s find out, shall we?

“For evildoers will be cut off,
but those hoping in Adonai will inherit the land.
Soon the wicked will be no more;
you will look for his place, and he won’t be there.
But the meek will inherit the land
and delight themselves in abundant peace.” Psalm 37:9-11 [CJB]

Have you ever watched rain fall? Silly question but bear with me. Rain falls on the trees and the bushes. The leaves and the flowers. But it also falls on the weeds. Then have you ever seen the devastation caused by natural disasters? Sure, shady businesses collapse, physically and financially; but good people also get caught in the rubble. Why do blessings and curse seem to not be a targeted affair? Should God start to use laser targeting in His blessing and smiting campaigns?

Fact is, good things also happen to those who reject Christ because of mercy. For

““Do I have any pleasure at all that the wicked should die?” says the Lord God, “and not that he should turn from his ways and live?”” Ezekiel 18:23

“‘As I live,’ says the Lord God, ‘I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.’” Ezekiel 33:11

The good happens to give cause for the eyes of the wicked to be opened so that they may turn and be saved.

And we know that bad things happen to good people

“so that the genuineness of your faith, which is much more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested and purified by fire, may be found to result in [your] praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 1:7 [AMP]

Yet, we can take comfort that this ‘injustice’ will not continue forever. There is a limit to how far our Father will allow it, just like there was a limit to how far He allowed Job to be tested. And once that limit was reached,

“…the Lord turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Job 42:10 [AMP]

So even though

“The wicked plots against the righteous
and grinds his teeth at him;” Psalm 37:12 [CJB]

“The wicked have unsheathed their swords,
they have strung their bows
to bring down the poor and needy,
to slaughter those whose way is upright.” Psalm 37:14 [CJB]

“but Adonai laughs at the wicked,
knowing his day will come.” Psalm 37:13 [CJB]

“…their swords will pierce their own hearts,
and their bows will be broken.” Psalm 37:15 [CJB]

Beloved, even though you may find yourself in a dark place right now, even though you may only be feeling your way around in the darkness, take heart because,

“Adonai directs a person’s steps,
and he delights in his way.
He may stumble, but he won’t fall headlong,
for Adonai holds him by the hand.” Psalm 37:23-24 [CJB]

Indeed, “Put your hope in Adonai, keep to his way,
and he will raise you up to inherit the land.” Psalm 37:34 [CJB]

“Commit your way to Adonai;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will make your vindication shine forth like light,
the justice of your cause like the noonday sun.” Psalm 37:5-6 [CJB]

So “Trust [rely on and have confidence] in the Lord and do good;
Dwell in the land and feed [securely] on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
And He will give you the desires and petitions of your heart.” Psalm 37:3-4 [AMP]

Remind yourself constantly of all that He has already done for you; delight in the sheer extent of His love for you; and remember, when winds start to blow and waves start to crash, don’t get distracted, for He will surely give you the desires and petitions of your heart.

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