The Crumbling World Reveals The Weakness Of Its False Gods And The Strength Of Jesus Christ

By: Tia Johnson 0 Comments   8/24/2012

Being born into a world of sin leaves us exposed to a host of undesirables. We see sadness, death, struggling economies, catastrophes, natural disasters, etc. But we also see healed relationships and bodies, a budding garden, regeneration and new life.

We see evidences of God, and we see evidences of sin and the devil.

When this contrast becomes apparent, one might be convinced that there really are two realities at war with each other on our planet's battleground. This should lead us to choose this day whom we will serve.

We could choose to serve the gods of this world by indulging in its sinful and ultimately unsatisfying pleasures. But another way to serve the gods of this world is to be overcome by worry and anxiety. This certainly is not God's desire.

As Jesus said in John 10:10, "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."

Our worry and anxiety is not often seen as sin, but it is, and its destructiveness is just as devastating as other indulgences. God does not desire that we live in such a state. In fact, worry is symptomatic of not trusting God, which is certainly a sinful and frightening place to be.

Cling To Him

I recently told my grandma that there is only one good thing about worry: it should drive us to deeper prayer. The cure for our worry and anxiety is to cling to the source of truth and goodness: our great God.

This is most directly done through the type of praying that leaves no room for self-sustenance. I mean prayer that drives us to cling to Him for all that is good in this life in a desperate sort of way-- prayer that recognizes His sovereignty over all the good and the bad on this Earth.

Prayer has been a field of growth for me this past summer, and what I've discovered is the truth of Philippians 4:6-7: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I strive to pray as if my family and my life depends on Him. I know I may not get all I ask for in prayer, but getting on my knees in submission to Him places all these cares and worries in His hands. And truly, there is no better place for them to be than in God's hands.

Through prayer I've also seen myself develop a stronger trust in God, which has given me more contentment. There's something about prayer that places my mind back in the center of His will. There I recognize His sovereignty in my life- and there is no greater thing than recognizing that He is not only sovereign over all-- He also cares deeply about me.

I've become more familiar with scriptures like Matthew 10:31, which says that God sees me as of more value than many sparrows. Another pivotal truth is found in John 10:11 in which Jesus describes Himself as the good shepherd who gives His life for His sheep.

These scriptures relay that God is sovereign, yet caring and good. His son, my shepherd, gave His life for me. Does this not yield myself to submit to Him? Don't I trust Him? Shall I not praise Him?

The Lord Is A Stronghold in the Days of Trouble

The absurdness of my worry hit me when I was up at night with my four-year-old daughter. Periodically, she will state that she's afraid of something outside coming in and getting her. The likelihood of this happening is slim, I tell her. First of all, our dog will chase any scary things away. Second, our door is locked. Third, Mom and Dad won't let bad things in the house. And fourth, God is watching over her, and no matter where she is, He can protect her.

Yet in spite of all this, she sometimes still clings to her irrational fears. I sometimes think, "Doesn't she trust that what I say is true?"

Then I realized that God may be looking at my irrationality the same way, also asking the question, "Doesn't she trust me?"

A few other scriptures address the relationship between trust and anxiety directly. One is found in Isaiah 26:3: You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. and Psalm 112:7: They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

Acknowledging our distrust of God is one step to tackling anxiety. Another is to acknowledge in prayer all that we have to be thankful for. God's faithfulness, and how He has provided for us in the past, is certainly one source of our thankfulness. But I've also been convicted by an often-quoted scripture: Psalm 23:1.

It succinctly says, "The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want." The NIV version reads "...I lack nothing." Have we come to know God enough to say this about Him- that He is all I want, that I lack nothing as long as He is my shepherd? Oh, how blessed we are to be in the hands of a sovereign Shepherd who would give His life for us. He cares, and He is in control, in times of abundance and in times of storms.

While at a wedding the very popular song "Blessed Be Your Name" by Matt and Beth Redman was played. This song was incredibly appropriate for a newly married couple who was about to encounter the ups and downs of life together. It's especially appropriate when facing discouragement in this world. It very honestly states an authentic response from a Christian in its lyrics

"Blessed be your name in the land that is plentiful, where the streams of abundance flow,blessed be your name.Blessed be your namewhen I'm found in the desert place, though I walk through the wilderness,blessed be your name."

And later, the song announces this hard but honest truth which was also cried out in the book of Job: "...You give and take away, [yet] my heart will choose to say, 'Lord blessed be Your name.'"

Regardless of what we face in our short life on Earth, the best place to be is clinging to Him.

For more reading on the goodness of God, Delight Media recommends the book The Magnificent Goodness of God and How it will transform Your life by an attorney Tim Rowe.

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