The Anxious MindBro. David Chancellor
11/7/2004 11:00 AM
Luke 12:13-14, 29
And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you?
And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
"Neither be ye of doubtful mind…" This refers to how we think. Don’t let anxiety take over you. You don’t have to be anxious. We don’t have to be held captive by the troubles of life. When we have God, we can put our troubles into God’s hands, and let him work things out in his own way.
Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
This applies to both the church and the home. Anxiety doesn’t make a happy home. Following after things brings anxiety.
And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Surfeiting has to do with becoming over-involved with abundance. Having too much stuff can be a problem, as well as having too little. Life is about serving God, not about spending all our time enjoying what we have. God would have us to have just enough. We want to find the balance; to live so that we aren’t distracted from serving God.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
If you can learn to be anxious about nothing, your life will be much happier. Pray about the problem instead of worrying about it. God can set us free from anxiety. He can help us to go through with victory. Giving thanks for God’s help in past trials will encourage us that he will help us again. When we focus on trouble, it’s hard to be thankful. Tell God about the trouble, and then share the answer he gives with others. Praise God for answered prayers.
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
This is the answer for the doubtful or anxious mind. Go give your cares to God, and let him carry them. It requires humility to give your troubles to God. You have to admit that you can’t do it by yourself. Sit down and let God work. Let him do it his way. His way is better than our way is. Don’t try to tell God how to do it. Let him provide his answer in his way. God sees more than we do. Trust him. He wants what is best for us. We can know that he’ll do right by us.