Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"Do not fret..."

Man, God is really working on me in this area.  I have a tendency to obssess over "what ifs."

What if...
Hillary Clinton actually wins this thing?  We've already killed 56+ million babies in this country since Roe v. Wade... She could potentially cement the deal with liberal supreme court justices for the next 50 years... that's a lot of innocent hearts silenced in the name of convenience (a.k.a. "choice")...

What if...  North Korea... China... Isis...  the economy...

What if... my health...  my job...  my kids...

ETC... I could go on... I know, you could too...

But against all of this "stuff" God says, "Do not fret..."

I've been reading Streams In The Desert -- a lot -- lately.  And God is really using it to encourage me.  Here's the Oct. 10th devotional on this very subject.

"Do not fret..."  This to me is a Divine command; the same as “Thou shalt not steal.” 

Now let us get to the definition of fretting. One good definition is, “Made rough on the surface.” “Rubbed, or worn away”; and a peevish, irrational, fault-finding person not only wears himself out, but is very wearing to others. To fret is to be in a state of vexation, and in this Psalm we are not only told not to fret because of evildoers, but to fret not “in anywise.” 

It is injurious, and God does not want us to hurt ourselves. A physician will tell you that a fit of anger is more injurious to the system than a fever, and a fretful disposition is not conducive to a healthy body; and you know rules are apt to work both ways, and the next step down from fretting is crossness, and that amounts to anger. Let us settle this matter, and be obedient to the command, “Fret not.”—Margaret Bottome OVERHEARD IN AN ORCHARD 

Said the Robin to the Sparrow: “I should really like to know Why these anxious human beings Rush about and worry so?” Said the Sparrow to the Robin: “Friend, I think that it must be That they have no Heavenly Father Such as cares for you and me.”

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If you enjoyed today's thoughts, you might really enjoy the Streams In The Desert devotional--check out the link below.