Heavy Hearts Good Words

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Five minutes to leave.  We’ve got to go!  We’re going to be late. C’mon traffic!  Move cars!

The interview is in a week.  How do I answer those questions again?  I’ve got to say it just right.

What if I don’t get that job.  I need it.  I should check my email again to see if a decision has been made.  I wonder if I have a new voicemail?

I hope I did okay on the test.  When are grades posted?!  I think I studied hard enough.

It’s my kid’s first trip away from home.  I hope he’s okay.  He better call me every hour!

I hope my boss is out today.  I hope he doesn’t talk to me much today.  Can’t he just let me do my work?!

I have shared the Gospel with them.  Why won’t they just believe?  How many times to I have to tell them?  Can’t they see it?  It’s right there!

What if tomorrow never comes?  I will have no more days to worry about!

We Worry

On the Lord’s Day this week we will be studying Proverbs 10-12 in Sunday School.  Several verses stood out to me.  I had to pick one.  I did.

Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad. [ESV]

It is so true.  At the most basic level it’s true.  Take some of the examples of worry above to their conclusion and the anxiety goes away.  It goes away on that particular topic.  We are no longer worried about it.  The conclusion is your “good word” so to speak.  This is true even if it is not the ending you wanted.  That worry is over.

Greater Picture

The greater picture of relief is found in the Person of Jesus Christ.  After Sunday School we will continue worshipping.  We will be fed by praising the Lord through fellowship, singing and the sermon.  Let us focus on the Lord and forget our anxieties.

While you are gathered to worship tomorrow remember to cast all your troubles on Jesus.  Rest in Him.  Remember what Jesus said about this.

Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” [ESV]

So don’t worry.  Just worship.  Remember His words and take refuge on this Lord’s Day.  Your life is not your own.  Most of the things we worry about don’t happen in the way we worried about them anyways.  And once they’re over we just find something else to worry about.  Trust in God’s goodness and sovereignty.  And worship well in peace.

The Next Day

Don’t stop here.  Take this peace from Jesus with you.  Be reminded throughout the week until the next Lord’s Day.  He doesn’t abandon us though we might be more tempted to abandon Him during the week.  So just remember these words of Jesus as He handles your anxiety.

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 28And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.[ESV]

Worship well both today and tomorrow.

Mark

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1 Julie July 16, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Great blog here with a good grammar. I recently just Jumped here from another blog, My my grammar was pathetic.. Anyway Great post

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