It’s a part of life, we all have things that we worry about. But there are only so many things that we can actually do something about.
This post has been running around in my head for a few weeks now, but wasn’t ready till last week, and I’m just now finding the time to get this all out. But we just finished up a series at Church called Courageous. We touched on the stories of David, Gideon, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, Benaiah, and Jonathan. Bible heros who didn’t go with what everyone else was doing and what was easy. They went against the grain of what everyone else was doing at the time.
The main point of all of these stories was that these people did not do what was expected of them. These are my favorite type of bible story, God using the unexpected to do amazing things. We all know the stories of David, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, God using young men to defeat a Giant that had everyone in the nation scared, and to change the mind and direction of a king. You see these people weren’t worried, because they knew what God was capable of, and what God had done in the past. It’s not a matter of knowing what God might do, it’s having faith in what you know he can do, and having the mentality to keep on going even if what God does is not in your favor.
One of our pastor’s main points in this series was to look back at your history book with God. Look back at a time in your life and look at what God did then, and now that your in the same situation, why wouldn’t God do the same for you now. So many times we get caught up in the situation that we don’t look back, or the situation is disguised as something completely different.
It’s these times in our lives that we have to just remember that God is always there and the He will always provide. There have been a few times in the past few years that I have just felt an absolute peace in my life and my families life. In all honesty, they were times when conventional wisdom would say, you should be concered, but I knew that God had worked this out this way for some reason. A few years ago this happened right after I had been laid off from job, and another is right now, when my wife quit her job to do her student teaching. Both of these times we were down to one income, now we have a child and we are on one income, but at no point have we had issues. We knew that God has is hand in both of these situations, and even though we couldn’t see it at first, the end results were amazing.
So my advice, to anyone reading this, if you can change the situation to make it better, go for it. If there is nothing you can do, pray for it.