Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Why Worry?

Psalm 23:1 "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want."
Pastor Mac Brunson preached right Chris and I this past Sunday. More on that in a moment. As you all know by now, we are currently living with Chris' grandmother. We have been for almost 3 months now--ever since we moved down from North Carolina. Although we feel so grateful to her for allowing us to interrupt her peaceful life, we have been feeling the pressure to get out. And also, something for which we have been really grateful for--Chris' job--needs to change, too. There are several reasons why he needs a new job but the main one is that he's not making as much as he could (and not nearly as much as he was making at his previous job in NC).
So that starts the circle of uncertainty. He needs a better job. We need to move. We look for a place to move. We realize he needs a new job BEFORE we move. He puts his resume out to several companies. We wait, and try not to worry--to no avail. We get frustrated. We pray...but we still worry.
That brings me to Mac Brunson's message. He preached from that one verse, Psalm 23:1. Here's some of the major points I got from it.
  • Knowing God makes worry uncharacteristic of your personal Christian life.

"The Lord is my shepherd..."

-->The shepherd provides for his sheep

-->The shepherd protects his sheep

-->The shepherd guides his sheep

-->The shepherd directs his sheep

  • Worry is unnecessary!

John 10:14, 27-30 "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine." "My sheep hear my voice and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. I and my Father are one."

I am in the hands of Jesus, and God the Father! God knows where we have been and we have not lacked for what we needed. HE is in control! Worry is a control issue brought about by fear. And worry is also a sin. Worrying about the future is unprofitable.

So, why worry?


TwinMint said... happy now! Whoooooo, whooo, whooo, whooo, whooo, whooo, whooo, whooo, whooo, whooo, whooo, whooo, whooo, whooo, whooo...

I was also really moved by that sermon, and it's awesome to hear how it's helped you too.

TwinMint said...

Oh yeah, great photo too!