Recently I watched the sermon series “The N Commandments” by Andy Stanley. Great series, and the premises for the “The N Commandments” stem around what Jesus commands us not to do. Example: “Worry Not” and “Fear Not” (Both can be found in the book of Matthew and through out). In Andy’s 3rd sermon he states that when we worry about something we are really worrying about tomorrow. He also said instead of being worried about tomorrow, get to doing what you can do for God’s Kingdom today. When you take care of God’s Kingdom, he’s taking care of yours.
That whole part floored me. Better yet, brought me back to reality. Before I backslid I can say I knew what it was like to “fear not”. My marriage was failing, but once it hit a certain point in that failure I began to doubt God was going to fix it. I worried that “This is it. My husband is never going sober up, and he really doesn’t love me.” I mean man that fear and worry turned into MY reality check; and oh goodness doesn’t a snow ball effect occur when we lose faith in God in a situation? That snowball effect almost caused a divorce, but it did cost us our two oldest children’s faith. That snowball effect is so dangerous, so ugly, so hurtful; but so avoidable if we wouldn’t worry about tomorrow.
I thought about my biggest fear. My biggest fear above all else is that our two oldest children will never come back to Christ. I’m doing very well with that fear and when I feel the anxiety of that fear I pray and journal to help me get through the anxiety of my little faith on the matter. Ha! See there. That’s exactly what it is. My faith on the issue. While it is normal to worry I want it to be normal to give it God, and let him handle it. If I were to be like Jesus in this situation I have to be like him in the same way he commanded the disciples to feed 5000 people with a few loaves of bread and fish. Don’t worry about it, just do it (Matthew 14:13-21).
Today I’m putting an end to that fear and worry. I can’t worry about tomorrow. I won’t worry about tomorrow. Jesus, I’m not going to put one more thought into it, I’m just going to continue your work and let you do your’s.
Matthew 6:25-34 “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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
The Holy Bible, new international version. (2011). Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House.
Stanley, Andy (2016, May 8). “The N Commandment, Ep. 1-Unhitched”. Retrieved from URL. http://yourmove.is/episode/unhitched/
Stanley, Andy (2016, May 15 ). “The N Commandment, Ep. 2-Fear Not”. Retrieved from URL. http://yourmove.is/episode/fear-not/
Stanley, Andy (2016, May ). “The N Commandment, Ep. 3- Worry Not”. Retrieved from URL. http://yourmove.is/episode/worry-not/