Be Anxious For Nothing
The most joyous and fulfilling time I spend on this earth is with the five grandchildren God blesses me with. They bring laughter from pain, smiles from sorrow and the reminder of Jesus’ call to protect the children. We love to talk about school. They love to draw pictures and write that they love my wife and me at the top of their picture. Their carefree play moves me far from the realities of life. Finances, work, maintaining a house all have a way of getting me down and into the one weakness I haven’t broken away from yet; worry.
Even though I fear God’s ultimate power and judgment, I still struggle with worrying about things in life that do not matter for eternity. Now, that worry has spread to the realm of the lives of my grandchildren.
Anxiety Robs Me
In this corrupted, cruel, spiritually void, and materialistic world, how will my grandchildren make it spiritually, financially, in employment, and through the sorrowful times of their lives? I tear up when I think of the people that will hurt them. I tear up when they experience hurt now. Two of my girls have not had a father since they were born. This hurt has been with them their whole lives. As a grandfather, I just want to protect them and see them live in the age of childhood instead of growing up. Television, computers, iPhones, and so many other things are part of this world system to detract them from the Word of God.
The worry I have commits robbery against me. It suppresses the good and happy times I have with them into sorrow and despair. “Be anxious for nothing,” James says. I read it over and over again, and pray, but in the days to come the worry manifests again as though I never saw or read the scriptures.
However, I keep trying not to worry. Psalm 103:17-18 says the love of Yahweh is everlasting. Christ is loyal in His love for my grandchildren and me. My daughters, my wife and I try our best to teach these children the righteousness of the Lord, to live by His commands and of Jesus Christ’s love through His death on the cross for their sins. His faithfulness is there even though our faithfulness to Him is weak and inconsistent.
What We All Need
In these times of worry, we all need to stop acting as if we are God and pray. We need to place, on our spirit, the armor of Christ and the Holy Spirit to crush this worry and stop the sorrow. The shield of faith is so important here.
I know you are out there somewhere experiencing this same kind of situation and challenge to your faith in the Messiah. I leave you with this great scripture from Matthew 6: 25-34.
“25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, what you will eat, and not for your body, what you will wear. Is your life not more than food and your body more than clothing? 26 Consider the birds of the sky, that they do not sow or reap or gather produce into barns, and your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than they are? 27 And who among you, by being anxious, is able to add one hour to his lifespan? 28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe the lilies of the field, how they grow: they do not toil or spin, 29 but I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was dressed like one of these. 30 But if God dresses the grass of the field in this way, although it is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not do so much more for you, you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?,’ 32 for the pagans seek after all these things. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, because tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
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