5-10-2016

Scriptural Truth – Faith and Worry

Our word worry comes from an Old English word that means to “choke” or “strangle.” When the wolf came and bit down on the throat of the sheep, the shepherds would say that he was worrying the sheep. Jesus used it in this very same way in the Parable of the Sower. The seed that fell among the thorns was “choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life” (Luke 8:14). I certainly don’t mean to imply that the things you worry about are trivial or unimportant. I just want us to be careful that we don’t allow worry to choke us to the point that we quit seeking God. Worry choke our faith and faith and worry cannot coexist. Just like you have to choose between God and mammon, you have to choose between faith and worry. Jesus’ solution was to look around. Consider the ravens. God feeds them; will He not do for His children, those who are his and seek him? “Your Father knows” (Luke12:30). Instead of acting like people in the world who have no understanding of God’s power and promises and provision, remember that He knows. If He is capable of solving our most difficult of problems, the forgiveness of sins, is there anything He cannot do? Worry chokes our time. “Which of you by being worried can add a single cubit to his life’s span” (Luke12:25). Worrying about something doesn’t change anything. Life is short enough as it is. It is a “vapor” (Jam. 4:14) that vanishes away. How much briefer does life become when the time we do have is stolen away by anxious care? Worry doesn’t lengthen life. It shortens it. You can worry yourself sick, and into the grave. All too often, we worry about things that never happen. Don’t let worry choke out your valuable time. Worry chokes our peace, no one says, “I’m just going to worry for 10 minutes and then stop.” Worry is something we keep on doing the more we do it. In so doing, it takes away the opportunity to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psa. 46:10). Isn’t that why we pray to God? Instead of being anxious, we are to make our requests known to Him. The result is that the peace of God will “guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7). Even when life is out of our control, it is still in His hands. Let the peace of God choke out worry. Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net or Facebook

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