June 30, 2014
Everybody worries. Our limited sight causes us anxiety about all kinds of things in this world—both real and imagined. And it cripples us. Rebecca Pippert said, ""Whatever you fear, you serve."" If we are not careful, our anxiety will drive our lives, make our decisions, and shape our futures.
Most tragic is when a cure is afforded for this mortal malady and we ignore the prescription. The Psalmist took his medicine and found relief.
""When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul."" (Psalm 94:19)
It's not like he didn't understand the nature of the beast. He diagnosed the disease and prescribed the cure.
""When my anxious thoughts multiply within me…”
Anxiety is in the ""thoughts.""
Our problems are never the issue; but our mental response is what creates crippling fear.
Anxiety is never content to sit or merely grow by addition.
It ""multiplies,"" growing exponentially like a fast-growing cancer until we are consumed.
Anxiety can never be blamed on someone else or even the presenting problem.
It is ""within me."" If you’re worrying, it’s on you.
""…Your consolations delight my soul.""
To console is to comfort, encourage, relieve with higher thoughts. And God is the great Consoler. He has perspective we will never have. He reprograms and reboots us with spiritual reality. He shows us the unseen world and His unseen Hand. He reminds us of His sovereignty. He showers His communication with over 7,000 promises in His Word. What He gives us is always enough to overcome anxiety.
But in order to receive this calming consolation we must come to Him. We must draw near enough to hear His voice. Do not expect relief if you will not come, humbly and transparently, to the Great Physician. And remember: Our homemade remedies (even with multiple applications) will simply complicate the anxiety.
The wonderful reality if we experience His consolations is that worry will cease and we will find our soul delighted. His words are so complete that it not only lifts us above our fears, but makes our soul sing as we realize the sufficiency of the One who reigns. It doesn’t just make us healthy, it makes us happy.
October 13, 2021
October 12, 2021
It could not be worse. God is gracious in His offering of forgiveness through Jesus Christ to all who believe. Those who come to know God and obey Him will experience the best in this life and the life to come.
But what of all those who ignore God? Who will not trust Him? Who never follow and obey the one true God? The Bible leaves no ambiguity about this, and its clarity should sober us.
October 07, 2021
My son, who is planting a church in a Northern Colorado city, intentionally took me for a walk through a sculpture garden recently that is located in a prominent spot in his large city. It was beautiful, convenient, and filled with people.
To my amazement, at every 30 yards or so, there was a stone statue. The whole garden was a prayer garden, and each statue was named. The farther we walked, the more I realized it was a garden designed to help you pray to ancestral spirits. This religion is called animism and is no different from the false religions we read of in the Scripture. Paul encountered this in Athens.