I gotta be honest. Sometimes, I allow fear to move me. That's right, sometimes I think about everything going on in the world and I wonder, "What is going to happen tomorrow?" Greece goes bankrupt, the housing market continues to tank, the job market here in America is on life support, and nobody has an answer. I ask my economy friends, I quiz my public policy friends, I'm even talking to CEO's of fortune 500 companies to see if anybody has any idea what's going to happen here in our country and around the world. And guess what? NOBODY KNOWS!!
So I'm driving to work this morning, listening to my regular talk radio shows, and there it is again. The host is talking about the state of the union and the inability of government to pull off any sort of good. And I can feel the hackles on the back of my neck start to stand up. I feel that pit in my stomach…
Look, I'm not usually into politics and the stuff happening in Washington, but I started getting anxious for some reason. It was like, "Andy, Be responsible. Think about your family. Get ready for the worst of the worst." And then it stopped.
It was like this little voice in my head said, "Remember what I told you?" And this is the scripture that came to mind.
"Therefore I tell you,
do not worry about your life, what you will 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? 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? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If
that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and
tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O
you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (Matthew 6:25-33)
We can't allow Fear to rule our lives.
Government certainly isn't going to have the answers.
Economy isn't going to have the answers.
The Academy isn't going to have the answers.
Even friends in high places…they don't know.
When will we as a people stop and let God dwell in our lives? When will we truly allow faith to grow, and see God's sovereignty as a fact; rather than something that we read in Sunday school class?
I know I'm on a Journey, a journey of faith. A good friend of mine told me yesterday, "You've been preaching God's Word for 15 years now, and He's interested in growing your faith. Don't worry, God is anointing, and He wants to see your faith increased."
I appreciate friends like that. Friends who don't increase the fear and worry in the lives of people, but actually live out the way of Jesus. "Don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow has enough worries of its own."
I believe that today, Do you?
Can we walk through life together committed to shutting down the talking heads on T.V. who continue to raise a level of fear to sell their shows?
Can we look at an economy where many of us are hanging on by a thread, and allow God to provide?
After all, maybe that's why all this stuff is happening.
Maybe it's really a chance where we can place our trust in what really matters.
Money didn't create the world.
No one will remember you for your day to day job that you have.
Even the smartest people in the world who have all the accolades of the academy still wonder about the why's of existence.
So who do you place your trust in today?
Your Bank Account?
Or can you find it in yourself to place your worries in the One who Created All Things (Colossians 1:15-20)
I'm committed today…Fear is not going to decide what I do, or how I respond to God's calling!