Tropical storms, tornadoes, earthquakes, damage from these events, dictators, lying and cheating in the government, child abuse, elder abuse, drug and alcohol abuse, welfare fraud, bank fraud, Ponzi schemes, people who don't like us, laws made that we neither like nor agree with are just some of the things I wrestle with in life and ultimately affect my faith. How about you?
1. Should this really be on my mind every day?
2. Are these topics that God wants me to concentrate on?
3. What are the positives if I do allow my mind to be filled with these thoughts?
Well, let's address these questions. Here is the answer for question 1 and 2 - No. The answer for question 3 is - None. Okay, what's you point? The point is this, while we worry about all of this, we are not thinking about Christ. Also, we violate scriptures that tell us not to worry.
For example: Matthew 6:25 "Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more than clothes?" If all of these things are stuck in my head, am I really "casting all my cares on Him?" -1 Peter 5:7
Even as difficult as it may be to give our problems to Jesus, that is exactly what we must do. If we are so concerned about the way things are, and may continue, what can we do? The answer is so obvious, especially to all of us who believe in God. Instead of wringing our hands at the issues, why not fold our hands in prayer? How about following Matthew 6:31-34 - "So, don't worry saying, 'what shall we eat?' or 'what shall we drink?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows you need them. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do no worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (NIV) This may seem too simple. However, we have to start somewhere. Seek Jesus; all Him to carry your concerns. Listen to the Apostle Paul's words in Philippians 4:8-9; "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things ..."
Some of you may think, "Tom, you don't understand, I have real problems and I need real answers." Let me just say this, Jesus made us a real offer, a great place to start. A life in service to Him is the only real life to live. Let me know how it goes.
("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)