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05/30/20 Weekend Grif.Net – Antidote to Worry

05/30/20 Weekend Grif.Net – Antidote to Worry

Hundreds of =
thousands dead from a global pandemic. Joblessness not seen since the =
Great Depression. Companies going bankrupt, international disputes over =
trade, borders and culpability for the pandemic. Reports of hundreds of =
millions of people going hungry. Will I lose my job? Will my elderly =
friends and family be struck down by the virus? Will people I know and =
love lose their homes as they are unable to make payments on their =
mortgage? My goodness, so much to worry about!

And yet worry is =
so pointless. Jesus said, “And which of you by worrying can add a =
single hour to his life’s span?” (Luke 12:25) Jesus went on =
to reassure His followers that if God could clothe the lilies of the =
field, He would certainly care for us, His children.

Many of the =
Psalms speak to this theme as well. They call upon those who listen to =
lay aside all worry and fear, for the Lord is both mighty and loving, =
and has proved that love over and over through His deeds. If we are =
tempted to worry, we need only meditate upon the awesome works of God as =
did the ancient believers who heard these words:

Oh give thanks to the Lord, =
call upon His name;

Make known His deeds among the =
peoples.

Sing to Him, sing praises to =
Him;

Speak of all His =
wonders.

Glory in His holy =
name;

Let the heart of those who seek =
the Lord be glad.

Seek the Lord and His =
strength;

Seek His face =
continually.

Remember His wonders which He =
has done,

His marvels and the judgments =
uttered by His mouth,

O seed of Abraham, His =
servant,

O sons of Jacob, His chosen =
ones!

He is the Lord our =
God;

His judgments are in all the =
earth.

(Psalm 105:1-7)
 
When we focus on =
ourselves, we inevitably see sin and failure. No wonder we worry! But =
when we put our focus on God, we should be filled with awe and wonder, =
with love for Him and His holiness. We are reminded of His love for us =
as we search the Scriptures. Our hearts are filled with praise and =
thankfulness for all He has done. And then we find that there is no room =
left for worry. To God be the glory!

[Eric =
Blievernicht, Vision Beyond Borders]

 

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Dr Bob Griffin =

bob@grif.net =
www.grif.net

"Jesus =
Knows Me, This I Love!"