Winning Over Worry
February 8, 2009
INTRODUCTION: Everything we now have belongs to the Lord, and everything we will ever have belongs to Him. Why, then, do we worry about His taking from us what really belongs to Him?
1 Chron. 29:11, "For all that is in heaven and in earth is yours." .12 "Both riches and honor come from You....in Your hand it is to make great and to give strength to all." .14 "For all things come from You, and of Your own we have give You." (.16 "O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have prepared to build You a house for Your holy name is from Your hand, and is all Your own.)
You can worry yourself to death, but not to life. Dr. Charles Mayo, of the Mayo Clinic, wrote, "Worry affects the circulation, the heart, the glands, and the whole nervous system. I have never met a man, or known of a man, to die of overwork, but I have known a lot who died of worry."
There may be greater sins than worry, but very certainly there is no more disabling sin. This passage is a call to trust God as the "PRIORITY IN LIFE" and this is the answer to the human tendency to worry. We find it easier to feel secure with things that we can control and when something is beyond our control, we worry. But, when we have found the greater security in God, we can trust Him for our needs.
This is a great N.T. stewardship passage, reminding us that we belong entirely to God, that we have no rights of our own, and that we are managers of His possessions.
"Many perceptive observers have sensed that the greatest danger to Western Christianity is not, as is sometimes alleged, prevailing ideologies such as Marxism, Islam, the New Age movement, or humanism, but rather the all-pervasive materialism of our affluent culture. We try so hard to create heaven on earth and to throw in Christianity when convenient as another small addition to the so-called good life."
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