21st July 2016

We Are – What We Think?

“Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!”
Luke 12:24 (NLT)

Most of our worries occur because we make problems ”larger than life,” painting negative scenarios in our minds. But Jesus points us to question where all this negativity is coming from: “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?” (Luke 12:25-26)

In our minds we may well acknowledge that what Jesus says is true. We can agree with him that worrying gets us nowhere. However, this acknowledgement is not sufficient enough for us to break the vicious circle of worry. Sadly, we can be carrying so much spiritual baggage that we wish that we could have a heart to follow Jesus’ words—that all might be well with us.

Yet, we need not despair. Are you struggling with problems larger than life? Well go to the One who is larger than life!

“Heaven is my throne and the Earth is my footstool,” (Isaiah 66:1) declares our God. Are any of our problems “larger” than that?! When we feed on our negative thoughts, we miss out on so much. In a way, we know that our worries are not reality. When we go to sleep and our brain finally switches off, our dreams give us a different “reality”. A life dominated by worry is like a life in a dream—but it is a bad dream, creating stress in a life that is well worth living!

Here is the true reality of the Universe: “Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing.” (Isaiah 40:26). This almighty God promises to use his strength for our benefit: “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless” (Isaiah 40:29).

Go to the One who sits on the throne—take our troubles to him. Which one of our problems can defeat him?

Prayer
Please Father, help us to realize that we have missed out on nothing. That there is no need to agonise any longer or fret because – for each of us individually – You are there for us. We ask this in the precious Name of Your Son Jesus.
Amen
 

Study by John Merchant

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johnmerchantAbout the Author:
John Merchant attends the Nottingham Grace Communion.

Local Congregation:
Nottingham Grace Communion
Lucy Brown Hall
Attenborough Lane
Beeston
NOTTINGHAM
NG9 5HZ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Ian Woodley
Email: ian_woodley@wcg.org.uk

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