25 May

From a world of worry to a place of peace

Taken from the intimation sheet: 25 May 2014

“I have a mountain of credit card debt”, one man told another. “I have lost my job. My house is being repossessed, and I don’t know where our next meal is going to come from, but I am not worried about it”.

You’re not worried about it?!” said his friend.

“No, I’ve hired a professional worrier. He does all my worrying for me, and that way I don’t have to think about it.”

“That’s fantastic! How much does your professional worrier charge for his services?”

“£50,000 a year”, he replied.

“£50,000 a year? Where are you going to get that kind of money?”

“I don’t know”, came the reply. “That’s his worry.”

Wouldn’t it be good if we could just employ someone else to do all of our worrying for us? The reality is most of us spend a significant amount of time and emotional energy worrying.

Some suffer more frequently and more profoundly than others but all of us know what it is to hold on to anxious thoughts. Today we remember 5 things from Luke 12 that the Lord Jesus commands us to consider in order that we might be free from worry:

Consider:

1. Life’s Priorities (v 22-23)

2. God’s Creation (v 24, 27)

3. Worrying’s Worthlessness (v 25-26)

4. Worrying’s Witness (v 29-30)

5. Your Heavenly Father (v 32)

We don’t have a professional worrier who we can pay to worry on our behalf. But we have something –someone – much better. We have the God of all Comfort as our heavenly Father, the Prince of Peace as our Lord and Saviour and the Holy Spirit as our Counsellor. Don’t waste your life on worry, when peace is so freely available, listen to what the Lord would say to you today through his Word, mediate on each of these 5 considerations, and pray that you would know the freedom that Christ would have you experience in Him.

Philippians 4:6-9

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy– think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me– put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Yours in His service
Ross