I usually don’t blog on the weekends but I feel led to start a new weekend series. I’ll be sharing a thought or two to weave into your restful weekend. Come back Monday to continue in the series of Nehemiah, Building a Leader who Rebuilds Jerusalem.
Ponder this thought, let your soul rest while you remember: He tells us “Do not worry“.
There is a divine mystery in suffering, one that has a strange and supernatural power and has never been completely understood by human reason. No one has ever developed a spirituality or holiness without experiencing a great deal of suffering. When a person who suffers reaches a point where he can be calm and carefree, inwardly smiling at his own suffering, and is no longer asking God to be delivered from it, then the suffering has accomplished its blessed ministry, perseverance has “finished its work” (James 1:4) and the path of the crucifixion has begun to weave itself into a crown. [Adapted from Soul Food]
Darlow Sargeant wrote: “Quite a few Christians live in a terrible state of anxiety, constantly fretting over the concerns of life. The secret of living in perfect peace amid the hectic pace of daily life is one well worth knowing. What good has worrying ever accomplished? It has never made anyone stronger, helped anyone do God’s will or provided for anyone a way of escape out of their anxiety or confusion.
Worry only destroys the effectiveness of lives that would otherwise be useful and beautiful. Being restless and having worries and cares are absolutely forbidden by our Lord, who said, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’, or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ ” (Matthew 6:31). He does not mean that we are not to think ahead or that our life should never have a plan or pattern to it. He simply means that we are not to worry about these things.
People will know that you live in a constant state of anxiety by the lines on your face, the tone of your voice, your negative attitude, and the lack of joy in your spirit. So scale the heights of life abandoned to God, and your perspective will change to the point that you will look down on the clouds beneath your feet.”
This weekend refuse to worry and let your soul rest knowing that He will provide, He has a plan and a purpose, He will fight for you, and He will restore. You can trust Him. Reminders of His love for us are painted across the skies. Plant your feet firmly on the ground, connect with the earth, reach up to the heavens and thank Him for His promises and His truth. It’s good to be alive!