WORRY OR MEDITATE ON GOD'S WORD
It seems in our world today, many, if not most people are always worrying and uptight about just about everything. What is the opposing party going to do, how am I going to make the car payment, I'm afraid I'm going to catch the flu, is my wife (husband) going to leave me, is my boss going to fire me, how can I get my grades up? Well you get the picture. Any and everything that comes our way can be either be worried about or you can move ahead with faith and confidence that Almighty God will lead you through it successfully. God wants you to always live victoriously and successfully in everything you do, whether it's overcoming sin in your life or any other thing that comes your way. Let's see what God's word say's about it.
Philippians chapter 4 has a lot to say about this. In verse 6 it says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God;”
Don't be anxious (uptight, worried) about anything. Well how can that be, some things just have to be worried about. The world system may tell you to do that, but the Word tells us a much different story. Matthew 6:25-34 tells us not to worry about our provisions in this life. God knows our need and will provide for us. Back to our scripture in Philippians He says that no matter what the problem is we are not to worry. If God says for us not to worry, then He has a better plan for us, one that actually works. Have you noticed that worrying makes the problem worse not better? Now that you are worrying about the situation you have added stress, sickness and probably are fighting with someone about it. Not much progress. God says in Matthew 6:33 that if we will come to Him first He will add all the things we need. Faith in the Word is much better than worry. Philippians 4:7 says if we comes God's way “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Proverbs 4:23 says to “keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.” Luke 6:45 says “A good man out of the good treasures of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasures of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Our life is going to go in the direction determined by what we put in in our heart. How do we make sure that we put the right things in our heart? Very simply, by what we think on. Joshua 1:8 says we should meditate (think on) the Word day and night. John 15:5 says if we abide (live) in Him we will bear much fruit. We are to abide in Him and meditate on the Word day and night.
Now Wayne how can we meditate day and night. You know I have to work, take care of my family etc.; I can't spend all my time meditating on the Word even though I know it would be important. Did you ever think about this? You can't meditate on The Word of God, but you can worry 24/7. Well yes, but worry is different. Not really, worry is thinking about negative things that you have put into your heart. What if you put God's Word into your heart? It's a very simple process. I didn't say it was easy, but it is simple. Most Christians spend very little time in the Word, yet spend hours on the computer, TV, reading junk books and magazines, listening to negative things from the guys at the office or on the radio, and then we wonder why the promises of God are not coming to our house.
How do we do it? Spend quality time in the Word. I'm not talking about the Sunday morning sermon or a message on radio or TV. These things are great and I believe in them, but they don't take the place of you getting in the Word for yourself. Romans chapter 10 says faith comes from hearing and understanding the Word. If you will spend quality time studying the Word, you will be depositing good, not evil in your heart. When there is more good, (things that agree with the Word), in your heart than things negative, you will begin to think on the things of God during the day. The apostle Paul said we can control every thought. We must train ourselves to do this, but it is well worth it. When we do train ourselves we will see ourselves worrying less. Hopefully that will inspire us to move ahead to meditate in the Word even more. Let's do it, we can and The Holy Spirit will help us. When He helps us we know we have been helped.
The Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word be with you.