10-28-20 Midweek Musings

Worrying Is a Waste of Time

There are plenty of opportunities these days to worry about . . . particularly with respect to various events associated with next week’s election and the cloud of lies and duplicity associated with them. We’re getting more information that PTrump will gather more electoral votes than in 2016 . . . but what if he doesn’t? What if PTrump wins and the lying Democrats continue with their obstructionism in the House? What if we get the House back but Kevin McCarthy really is a Paul Ryan protege? What if the corrupt Executive leaders largely retain their positions? What if AG Barr really isn’t interested in prosecutions? What if Hillary, Obama and Biden escape justice? Worry, worry, worry.

As has been mentioned numerous times, the events of the future will happen in accordance with God’s plans . . . and God’s plans are perfect . . . and they are crafted so that all things work together for the good of those who love God . . . even though we don’t see it or may not even agree with it.

We don’t have to understand . . . we need to trust . . . and not worry. God’s got this, even if we witness the greatest travesty that politics in American has ever seen.

Tough to do? You bet . . . virtually impossible, but there it is.

Trust . . . don’t worry . . . and Praise God!

Scripture Reading — Matthew 6:25-34

“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” — Matthew 6:34

I’m generally a glass-half-full kind of person. I trust God for the future. Yet I admit that I do secretly worry about what will happen when my three-year cancer treatment plan ends. I worry about my children who have already lost their father to cancer. I worry about my husband having another heart attack. I worry about my dad’s grief and loneliness after losing my mom and then my stepmom.

What secret worries linger in the back of your mind?

We can imagine Jesus lovingly shaking his head at all of our what-ifs, and asking the rhetorical question “Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Jesus teaches us not to waste time with such concerns but instead to “seek first the kingdom” of God. We can focus on living out the gospel, sharing it with others, and maximizing the time we are given.

Jesus challenges us to have faith and to trust that the Father knows exactly what we need. Rather than fret, we are invited to surrender our stress to Jesus. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,” he says, “and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).

*https://today.reframemedia.com/devotions/worrying-is-a-waste-of-time

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piper567

carl, thanks for this offering.
Y’know, most believers agree that God is sovereign, yet this belief is not always evident in the way we handle our concerns, stress, and anxieties. I’ve tried to understand the reason why so many believers (to include myself) are occasionally found to be worry-worts, as my Grandmother called them.
I think it has to do with our love of the present, our status quo if you will. For what else could be threatened except our valued present circumstances? We KNOW the Lord protects our souls, and the souls of those we love who are His. And we know our bodies are but tents, as much as we use them to lovingly interact with others, attempt to interact with this world, and pursue being obedient in our personal Pilgrimages.
I believe our faith is tested by the kinds of threats we perceive…and many of us fall down go boom, particularly in these difficult times.
One of the things I love ab this site, and also marica’s maricans is our ability to express our doubts and worries, and then receive feedback from others ab our certain Knowledge that, yes, God is in control…God has this.
For we are all human, and have our weak moments.
Even the Disciples had many moments of weakened faith, and Jesus kindly reminded them ab His ability to keep them on a proper path. You believe in God, believe also in Me.
One of the effects of examining why we may be anxious, and I do believe it has to do with a love of the present, and it iS a gift, is to prompt us in making our time worthy of Him and His work, to teach others lead by example, and in our human interactions, to do unto others as we would have them do unto us.
We are relational, for God is relational. As such, we benefit greatly by the promptings and reminders of others, and sometimes rely on these to keep us on the straight and narrow path.
Your offering of this Midweek Musings thread is one way we are reminded of our need to constantly keep in contact with our Creator.
Again, thanks for all you do.

gil00

To have enough peace to sleep and take on the day is a goal. This helps. Ty.

Concerned Virginian

Thank you so much for this timely reminder.
From my father: “You cannot live in the past, Mary Beth”.
From my mother: “Don’t borrow trouble.”
From my grief therapists: Grief is the emotions and the body remembering that which was. Anxiety and fear are the emotions and the body anticipating that which may happen. Both must be processed or there will be negative consequences. (“long form” way of echoing my parents!)

Rodney Short

Let go and let God, our time on this planet has already been determined…
I think to worry is like to have fear, it is healthy to fear God to fear anything else or worry is pointless and unhealthy

ladypenquin

Thank you, Carl. Needed this tonight. Worry, worry, worry. My mind fills with it after just catching a moment with some Lefty trash talk about our POTUS. Maggie Haberman of the NYT got me today. Such a disconnect – such vile hate and lies which is nothing more than propaganda. Their base believe it. We know the truth.
I’ll reflect on your wise words. Thank you.

para59r

Ha. Posted this on the MAGA Protest site. Belongs here.
Good with the Trust God message. Good with the God has a plan. Lets not forget that little joke about the guy stuck on roof top who refused three attempts to save him saying he trusted in God to save him. Then he died and God asked him why he didn’t take his help. If we need too, we should remember that God has also given us 2A!