I have been told for as long as I can remember that I am a worry wart. I am. I will 100% admit that. I love my family and, as any parent would want, I want to protect them from the “horrid things” of this world. I can’t! I also worry about all the things in life that might happen…they are called the “what if’s”!
The world that we are living in is a very scary place indeed with evil all around us. This world has so much and so many evil people that what they do is go around and think up crap to hurt other people. (yes, I said crap)
We live in a crazy hateful, lying, cheating, corrupt, immoral world now. (It has always had these things going on, but due to the technology today, we see it everywhere around us) Even the Bible says, “A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep going and suffer for it” (Proverbs 22:3). Take refuge! But then the Bible also says/warns us actually to not be filled with worry and anxiety over “everything” that might go wrong. (Hey, I think the Bible popped into my mind)
Think about this: Sit down and make a list of all the things, let’s say, you worried about over the last year or so. How many of them happened? If you worried about them and most never happened did you justify your worries in your own mind?
Yet, as I look out at “my” world today it is less safe than even six months ago. Liars, cheats, corruption, hate, evil, murders, rapes, crimes of disgust, and a government that can’t tell the truth, the media that lies for a living, and the so-called moral idiots on social media who hate the truth and censor you for telling the truth and call what you say lies. Our country is in an evil time period and getting worse by the day. Police can’t police, people are told what they can call people and what they can or can’t do. We are told that the government knows better than us and if we believe in love and morals we somehow became the enemy.
So now what? The Bible tells us to trust God. All throughout the Bible it says to trust God, believe God, do as God says…but then that crazy mind of ours…says, “but what if”! I do trust God and that is a fact, but I hate what is going on in my own world right now, so my brain has a difficult time turning off. Oh, Lord, help me to turn my brain off and stay tuned into you. Do you ever feel like this? I know God is truth. I know He never lies. I know the end of the book and we win. So why then do we mess with all of this? We can even blame God for the garbage in our life but then we realize we live in a fallen world and God predicted it would get worse and worse here. He will come for us/His bride when He says it is time. But oh, how we want that to be right now! Or do we? What about any of our loved ones who are not saved yet? What about them? Don’t we want them saved before He comes? Of course, we do. What about our friends? What about our neighbors? What about co-workers? And what about even our enemies? Yes, I said that because if they get saved they would no longer be our enemies.
Do you see then how we keep our mind where we shouldn’t worrying about everything? Worry can overwhelm us. I know God loves me and I know God loves you….so what, by my worries, am I saying to God? God does watch over us. I don’t know how many times even in a day He has protected me from something, someone, or some kind of a disaster. How many times did He move something so I would be safe?
I know God loves me. How? One day way back before I was even born on this earth He sent His son to die in my place for the sins I hadn’t even committed yet. He did that for you as well. He took all of our punishment on that cross that should have been ours and He willingly did it to save us. That’s love.
The Bible says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
So we pray, so we give thanks, and we give Him whatever daily junk we have in our mind and we trust Him to help us. We don’t have to worry about tomorrow as today has enough of its own worries, doesn’t it? One day at a time. We only need this one day to deal with for even tomorrow is not promised to us so all those what-ifs we try to put out there…most won’t happen anyway, and we sure can tell God tomorrow what is bothering us and ask Him what to do about it then. Just live today, deal with today, and trust God in the details. Okay, I can hear you say…that is not that easy. We can all face tomorrow because we deal with today!
Okay, you and I live in the real world. We see all the crud going on around us. The evil government, the immoral police, the fake news, the lies, cheats, corruption, the greed, the non-feeling and non-loving people out there and we just want it to stop. We are living in a fake and hateful world and the devil is in the details. He is a liar, cheat, immoral, hateful, mean, and a murderer. He wants to destroy people so they won’t make it to heaven, and he sure hates the church and the Jewish people. He does all he can to destroy us. But……………….we have God! We live in this world, but we are not of this world. We are sojourners just passing through this world. One day, we will wake up on the other side and life will be so good because we will have God and no more pain, no more suffering, no more dealing with this crazy evil world we are in now.
Are we not confronting unwanted emotions on a daily basis as we go through this world? Emotions and feeling change by the second. What I thought a few moments ago can change and a new set of emotions and feelings seep out. Have we not made our “real” world seem as scary as the fake one now? Our days are filled with garbage, emotions, and feelings, and even if not true…there they come to play havoc on our minds.
I have even more so lately that you can’t turn on the news, you can’t watch TV, you can’t watch a movie for those making and running these things are bombarding our mind with evil things, declaring we must do this or that or somehow we are the problem, that we are somehow racist, that we somehow are the enemy. This is what we put up day by day, and just think what our precious kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids are facing being brainwashed into believing their out-and-out lies. Hitler actually said, that if you lie long enough to someone they will believe your lies. However, I want to add something to this…if you hear it long enough…will you also believe it? Time marches on they say…and it does, but we need to learn to ask God for help to make it through each day. I sure don’t want to go this world one day without God. Do you? I want to lean on God’s strength, quote God’s words, live for Him…and do what I can to help others know the truth.
How can we turn off our mind to stop the worry? We can’t fully, at least that is my opinion….but I can go to God each and every day and even many times each day and give Him what is bothering me…and ask for His answers and His peace for now. Then if it comes up again and again…I can go back and talk to Him again and again. Do you know you can talk to Him no matter where you are. Yes, He even listens when you are in the shower!!! Yes, some days are more difficult because I see the evil around me, but I also see the God of creation who is the only true good anywhere. He holds my hand each day as I go through my life and He has lifted me up so many times when I felt so down about what was going on…or the what-ifs that might go on.
I can give God my day and find His peace for this day, or I can crumble and go along with the world. I choose to go to God and give Him my day and ask Him to help me make it another day through all this insanity. We truly don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but we can, with God’s help deal with today. As I said, some days are really difficult and even small things can get to me, but that is exactly when I, and you, need to run to our prayer closets and pray for His guidance. God is my best cheerleader. Do you realize that no matter who hates you, ignores you, or even loved ones can let you down…but God never does? He was there at my creation, He was there at my birth, He was there in my beginning years, and He is still here in my elder years. That is love beyond measure.
Sometimes I know I am in control of my emotions (at least for a second or two), but at other times not so much. I’ll be doing okay and then wham….a thought comes, a curve ball or whatever you want to call it. But over the years I know that I can go to God to get re-centered again.
The world is truly a scary place. I don’t need to watch a horror movie to see the pain and suffering and the evil in this world. It is all around us on a daily basis no matter how much we try to keep it out. I want to be godly and strong in this world we are living. I want to be able to make it through each day to the next and the next and the next…..and make it across that finish line victoriously.
I am scared of the things I see in this world. Are you? We live in bad times with evil all around. However, I know God is here for me today and everyday. That gives me hope, peace, and something the world doesn’t have.
I also know that because this world is so scary any more…would I have wanted to bring children into it nowadays? I don’t know. I dearly love my kids with all my heart, but what kind of a world did we put them into? What will they have to face? Will they be strong enough to face whatever? All I can truly do is ask God to save them, watch over them, protect their way, keep them healthy, give them wisdom, and let them all love and be loved by good people.
So, I will end this lesson today with yes I worry…you most likely do as well at some points. Worry is one of my things I deal with each day. I hate to worry and my mind doesn’t shut off. So each day, I give my worries to the one who can get me to the next day, who can help me with my feelings. I never want to be out of His sight, our of His grace and mercy. For He is my Lord and Savior and I need Him.
Now may God bless you, keep you, provide for you needs, heal your body, give you peace and wisdom…and I add…may you go to Him in all things so that He can help you. God bless you!