Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 (NLT)
The Oxford dictionary defines trust as a “firm belief in the reliability, truth, or ability of someone or something”. On the contrary it defines worry as, to “feel or cause to feel anxious or troubled about actual or potential problems”.
As human beings we like to “sort things out” or a least have them sorted out. That is exactly why we have most of the professions around at the moment. Doctors to sort out your health; lawyers to sort out your disputes; accountants to sort out your finances; psychologist to sort out your emotions; Engineers to sort out all sorts of physical problems from computers to bridges and the list goes on. We are always glad when we can call on a professional to sort out any problems we may encounter in the course of our daily activities. No wonder we tend to worry whenever such help is not forthcoming.
It’s a no brainer why we worry. If things don’t get sorted, then they will soon turn into a problem and nobody likes having problems. They are quite frankly, something to worry about!
The word of God gives us the antidote for worry – Trust. Trust is a firm belief in the reliability of something or someone. In essence, it’s a belief in the competence of someone or something to do what it says on the tin. If we are honest however, we know we are all aware of having been disappointed and sometimes misled by others posing to be something they were not at all or promising something they can’t deliver. Thankfully the bible doesn’t just ask us to trust, but tells us also, who to trust in – God, and who to trust – with all our heart. Trust in the Lord with all your heart (Proverbs 3:5).
Make no mistake, it doesn’t come naturally. We must consciously remind ourselves not to worry but rather to trust. The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians telling them “Don’t worry about anything”. Thankfully, he doesn’t stop there but goes on to tell us how. Paul teaches that the way out of worry is to pray instead..unto God (Philippians 4:6-7). Jesus had a similar view, he advised his disciples not to worry about everyday things like what to eat, drink and wear or indeed their lives because worry could not add even a moment to it. He tells them instead to trust God because he knows they need these things (Luke 12:30; Luke 12:22-34).
There is a joke about a woman who was given to worry who answered when asked “why do you worry so much?”, ” Well, most of the things I worry about don’t happen!” Worrying might make us look concerned, but worry doesn’t really help. Instead, it can cause even more problems especially for your health.
So make a point not to worry again. When those anxious thoughts come your way remember
- Your heavenly father knows your needs (Luke 12:30)
- Trust in the Lord (Proverbs 3:5)
- Pray about everything (Philippians 3:6)
Here’s to a worry free life. Cheers…
And they nailed him to the cross. They divided up his clothes and threw dice to see who would get them. They nailed him up at nine o’clock in the morning.
(Mark 15:24-25 MSG)
But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last.
(Matthew 27:50 MSG)
How would you react if you heard the news that a friend of yours had been killed? I am sure it will cut deep into your heart if the person was really a friend. Another question then, how would you feel if you died and discovered that your friends didn’t even show any sense of loss. No pain, not even one single tear of sadness to show that they acknowledged the loss of their friend? How much worse would it be if the reason you are now dead was ‘their fault’? Hmm, I am sure you wouldn’t be so pleased…
Thousands of years ago now, God stepped into human history to turn it around. The whole human race was on the fast lane to distruction and God loved us so much he decided to step in by Himself to save the day. God sent His son, Jesus, to walk the face of the earth for thirty-three years, to tell all people that God loves them and is making a way for them to get back into a great relationship with him. Jesus was called the friend of sinners (like you and me) and he agreed saying He had come to help sinners get right with God.
Jesus’ whole life was dedicated to teaching people about a great new way of life God was offering free from sin and ultimately, free from death. His claims sounded so incredulous that the ‘righteous’ men of the time did all they could to shut him up. Finally, they got him. The only way to keep Him silent was to kill him. Its strange when you think about it. Why kill a man who just wants people to get a better life? Well, that’s just a piece of the puzzle. In actual fact, it was part of his life’s mission. Jesus was to die for his friends – the sinners. This was His way of showing how much He loved them (John 15:13). When Jesus was crucified, His enemies thought they had succeeded in kill his message but He knew He had succeeded in freeing His friends to life the kind of life He had been teaching them about all his earthly life. By dying on the cross, He took the blame for every sinner’s sin because He himself was innocent. And now since the sentence for sin has been served, every sinner can live a life of freedom. Great news for sinners.
Now that you know about the death of your friend…do you care? Find out more.