…do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” – Matthew 6:34
Why do we worry – fret – fear – get all uptight and spaz out about life?
Why do we get so frustrated that we may not be doing enough – doing it right – we need to be doing more-better-faster?
Why do we listen when the world tells us we need bigger-bolder-brighter-better?
And why do we feel like we have ANY control in and of ourselves over our lives anyway????? Why do we WANT IT??
Concerned… or contented? Where do I find myself as God’s child?
Concerned? Yes, we should feel a sense of concern about life. Rightly so. We should feel concern that we are walking in fear of a Holy God and we’re fully obedient to His will – His calling – His assignment for our life. We’re responsible and accountable to love Him from the inside out; with ALL of our heart – soul – mind – strength. It’s not about me. It really is… all about Him. How truly concerned am I about that, anyway?
When (not if) He has something for us to do and we come before Him willingly, with open hands and heart to receive His wisdom and direction, He will accomplish His will through us – in spite of us. That’s where we need to be concerned – are we truly focused on HIM, not on ourselves and how WE are going to take care of life around us? Are we truly asking for faith that can move… mountains? Do we truly believe God CAN move mountains through us? OH YEAH. That’s all we need to be concerned about. GOD. And if we are fully allowing GOD to be… GOD – working through us. No reserves. No holding back.
We can’t allow concern to grow into frustration over life around us and how to handle it. We can’t allow concern for things we can’t control to control us. That’s when concern will get in the way of being…
Not CON-tent, as though there was stuff connected. We can’t put the stress on the first syllable, because stuff is far, far less important than dust when compared to GOD.
The term is con-TENT. Dwelling and focusing on the second syllable – literally resting in His tent – His resting place – His sanctuary (Psalm 61:4, et al). It’s not only realizing and knowing that He is totally in control – it’s accepting that with peace and joy. It’s understanding that true prosperity is today’s need being met – today.
Content, not concern. He is God. We are not.
God is limitless. He is ALMIGHTY. Our brain is the size of a grapefruit. GOD HAS NO BRAIN. His Name is, “I AM THAT I AM”. We bow before His presence with humble joy and gladness, knowing that He is faithful to the faithful and that, when we humbly ask for His wisdom and truly mean it, HE WILL GIVE IT. We can be content – in Him. “The Lord is MY Shepherd… I SHALL NOT WANT!” – Psalm 23:1.
When we want to share our faith with others, why do we worry that what we say may not be good enough, that our prayers don’t sound “holy” enough, that we don’t have our “gospel talk” polished enough? Why do we doubt that we won’t say everything we need to say – that we’ll forget something – that we won’t get “it” right? We don’t have to focus on what WE will say. Preparation is always a good thing, and we need to “study to show” ourselves approved unto God (2 Tim. 2:15), but be assured that God will give us the words WHEN we ask HIM to speak through us and MEAN IT. His Word commands us to be bold, and He doesn’t give us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (1 Tim. 1:7). Don’t worry about who – don’t worry about when – don’t worry about how. He will give us the exact people at the exact time and He will communicate – when we ask HIM to do so. If you are truly a child of Almighty God, Creator and Sustainer of His Universe, you have the Holy Spirit living inside of YOU. And when the Holy Spirit is the One doing the communicating, LET HIM. GET OUT OF THE WAY. Don’t be concerned – just be content that He is in control…
…will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:11
When the Holy Spirit is doing the communicating, even if you hear yourself say “peanut butter” and, if the person God brought to you needs to hear “hot chocolate”, what do you think the Holy Spirit – GOD HIMSELF – will communicate?
Jesus was speaking to His disciples – His followers – when He told them:
“When they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not worry about how or what you are to speak in your defense, or what you are to say; for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” – Luke 12:11-12
The Apostle Paul, who spent years in prison, said in Philippians 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” and shared a few verses later (11), “…for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.”
Hebrews 13:5 tells us, “Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, ‘I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU…'”
Why can we be content that GOD will work all things for His best, according to His will? How can we find that contentment in Him – through Him – from Him?
1 Peter 5:7 gives us that answer:
“…casting all your anxiety on Him, because…
He cares for YOU.”