Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

02/28/2018

Randall Caselman

 

"Be Anxious For Nothing"

 

  Rick Warren tells about being on an airplane in turbulence. He became somewhat concerned, so he asked the stewardess: “How often do jets like this crash?” She said: "Well, sir, as a rule only once!”

 

  We all worry, but from the lips of Jesus, the command is: "Do not worry about life." From Paul: "Be Anxious for nothing." Have you noticed that, when we worry about the past, we only focus on the bad times, robbing ourselves of the good-time memories? When we worry about the present, we rob ourselves of blessings present even as we worry. Future worry is also useless. It may not happen. Jesus plainly says: "Do not worry about tomorrow."

 

Let’s see what we can learn from the lips of Jesus...

 

  Worry is unreasonable. "Do not worry about your life, what you’ll eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear, is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?"

 

Unreasonable because we tend to worry about the wrong things. Paul tells us: "Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things"... "Fix your eyes on things unseen, for they are eternal."

 

Unreasonable because worry can't change the situation. If we can change it, change it, if we can’t, don’t worry about it. The important thing is the wisdom to know the difference. We need to be asking God to give us such wisdom. Amen?

 

Unreasonable because our worry always exaggerates the problem. The more we worry, the larger the problem becomes. Fear,doubt, anxiousness, worry, throw things out of proportion. God wants His children to be aware, but not paranoid!

 

  Worry Is Unnatural. "Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?" "Consider the lilies..."  Animals don’t worry. Plants don’t worry. The only thing, in all of creation, that doesn’t trust God wholeheartedly is people; us! Worry is unnatural! David wrote: "God satisfies the desire of every living thing." Proverbs12.25 reads:  "An anxious heart weighs a man down..." 14.30 tells us... "A heart at peace gives life to the body."

 

  Worry is unhelpful. Jesus says, worry changes nothing, it doesn’t work, it’s useless! "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Anxiousness is worthless use of energy. It does nothing except cause us to question God, weaken our faith, and make us miserable.

 

  Worry Is unnecessary. "If God cares for the flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t He surely care more for you!" Consider this: When we were growing up, if we had a need, a concern, a worry, we would go to our parents for help. We knew they would do all they could for us, because we were their children. God says: "I’m your Father.  Don’t worry. Trust me." "God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4.19). In a way, worry is misunderstanding God. He is our Father, our Shepherd, our Savior. We misunderstand how He's working all this out to our good. Been there? Of course we have. Trust Him! Trust Him!

 

Well, what do we do to overcome Fear, Worry,Anxiousness...

 

  Place Him First. "Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness." For the true child of God, worry is a warning light, a caution, indicating: Something is wrong. Something is out of synch. Values have been compromised. Something has taken first place in life besides our faith in Him and His promises. Perhaps we've stepped out of His righteousness. You see, any area where God is not in control is going to become a source of worry forus. When worry appears, correct the issue, and correct it quickly. Amen?

 

  Live one day at a time. "Don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own."  Jesus is saying: "Don’t open up your umbrella until it starts raining." True, the future can be overwhelming, but it comes to us one day at a time, look forward to it, plan for it, but don't worry about it. Jesus teaches us to pray for our bread – How? – Yearly, monthly, tomorrow's?– Daily bread! He wants us to depend on Him one-day-at-a-time.

 

  Trust God to care for things beyond our control. The root of our worry is identified: "O you of little faith." Extended worry and trust can’t operate in the same heart. When we invite worry in the front door, faith begins to leach out the back. They're mutually exclusive. We mustdecide: Faith? Worry? Are we going to trust our worries, or are we going to trust God and His promises? "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." God's promises are like an insurance policy. When we pay the premium, we don't worry about it any longer. We know if something happens, the company will make it right. God is at work! Trust Him!

 

  Jehoshaphat was going to battle against three nations. They were outnumbered three to one. There was no way he was going to win. So, God says: "Jehoshaphat, don't be afraid or discouraged, for the battle is not yours, but the Lord's." Indeed our battle belongs to the Lord and He will be victorious!... Always! Amen? "Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."

 

—Randall Caselman