OPINION

Message from the Pastor Don’t Worry

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The speed and intensity of life seem to be increasing by the hour! It seems we all have more and more to do with less time to do it. In the ensuing hustle, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the pressures of life.

I believe we are living in the time just prior to Jesus’ return to the earth. He described this time period in Luke 21:25-26, “And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations; with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; (26) men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.”

When Jesus spoke of men’s hearts failing them for fear, I believe he was referring to the worries and cares of life that would attempt to strangle our joy and peace.

For years, physicians have warned of the dangerous effects stress and anxiety have on our health. A high percentage of illness is precipitated by worry! Proverbs 14:30 reads, “A sound heart is the life of the body, but envy is rottenness to the bones.” Berkeley translates this verse as, A relaxed mind makes for physical health; but passion is rottenness to the bones.” In the Amplified version we read, A calm and undisturbed mind and heart are the life and health of the body….”

To elaborate, I believe worry is more than just a health problem; it’s also a SIN problem! For us believers, worry is the outgrowth of pride and unbelief.

We read in 1 Peter 5:6-7, “Therefore humble yourself under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, (7) casting all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.”

It takes humility to trust God. Pride is actually taking a stand against God and His word! Behold the proud, his soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by faith.” (Habakkuk 2:4).

Humility, on the other hand, is trusting that God will fulfill His Word in our lives. To humble ourselves, we must be willing to believe God’s Word and give up trying to reason out how He is going to bring it about! Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

Worry is also the sin of unbelief, which occurs when we trust something other than the Word of God.

We believe something about everything we encounter. Let’s ask ourselves exactly what we are believing about each area of our lives. What do we really believe about our children, our spouses, our homes, our finances, our future, our health etc.? Jesus said, “....as you have believed, so let it be done to you….” (Matthew 8:13) and “....According to your faith, let it be to you.” (Matthew 9:29)

Pastor Marc A. Cook

Harvest Christian Church

Email The Pastor at:    marc.cook@cox.net

Visit The Pastors Website:     www.hccnow.com