“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life….”
One of the fundamental ways we fight worry, is to save money for the future. Another way: Acquire more stuff. Buy or save? Save or buy?
Beneath all of this, there is a deeper place in each of us that cannot be helped by the money we save or the things we buy. There is a river of anxiety, within us, that only God can step into to quiet and calm. The way that Christ steps into that river, is through prayer and his Word. Personal prayer and personal, prayerful engagement with God’s Word.
If you’ve heard Christians say: “It is essential that you have a personal relationship with Jesus.”, and you wonder, “C’mon, what’s up with that stuff?” This is what’s up with that stuff: People who don’t have a rich, personal relationship, are usually eaten alive by their anxiety. The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future always come.
It’s more straightforward than you might think: A “personal relationship” is a praying relationship. You can’t have a real relationship with someone if you never communicate with him or her.
The first step in all of this, is to take your worries and cares to Him, in prayer. He prays all the time specifically about You – he’s kinda waiting and hoping that you’ll start to talk to him today.
He’s a Rock. He’s the steady Father. He is patient, kind and gentle and full of grace. Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Heb. 13:8).
He inhabits your past, present, and future, full of grace and loving presence.
So, go and discover his presence in your past. Find him in your present, by speaking to him. And commit the future to him:
He will not suffer your foot to be moved:
He that keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he that keeps Israel
Shall neither slumber nor sleep.
The Lord is your keeper:
The Lord is your shade upon your right hand.
The sun shall not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord shall preserve you from all evil:
He shall preserve your soul.
The Lord shall preserve your going out and your coming in
From this time forth, and even for evermore.