Do Not Be Anxious

I feel somewhat guilty admonishing others not to be anxious, but there’s an old saying: don’t do as I do, but do as I say. I read that the word anxious appears only eight times in the Bible, but the words fear not are said to appear 365 times; so that is equivalent to one time each day. I believe God knew we would need to reminded daily to trust Him and not be anxious.

And in His sermon on the mount, after saying man cannot serve two masters, God and money, Jesus told His listeners and also us not to be anxious about anything including the essentials of life. He used birds of the air as an example to demonstrate God’s provision of food by saying birds neither sow, nor reap and gather crops into their barns; yet God  feeds them, and individuals are more important to God than birds.

Then Jesus used the lilies of the field to demonstrate God’s provision of clothing our bodies. He asked why we are anxious about what we will wear, and said even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as lilies that grow wild in the field. To make a comparison He said if God clothes plants in the fields that soon wither and die, He surely will clothe individuals. Therefore, he told them and us not to be anxious about  earthly things, but to seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and these other things will be provided. He concluded by telling us not to be anxious about tomorrow: because there are enough problems today without being anxious about those in the future.

During past years, my problems have been many: they include three or four illnesses caused by pneumonia; some falls, and because of my being vulnerable to viral infections, I relinquished my place of service as a church greeter, and attending Bible study and church services very often.

Hurricanes Matthew and Irene blew rain into the wall of my house causing mold to the extent we were advised to leave my house; so my family lived as evacuees during many months, with some unresolved problems with the insurance company when my house was not repaired.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, these were difficult days for my family and me, and I saw no light at the end of the dark tunnel, but with faith as my source of light, I knew there was light and I can say with the prophet Jeremiah, who at a very dark period in the life of his ministry, could believe these words from God: “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?”

Father, I thank You in Jesus’ name, that statement still is true. Amen.

Doris Lisemby