August 25, 2015

Messy Lives

Lamentations 3:22-23, Matthew 6:19-34
How, then, are we to be rooted in Christ when the mess happens? There are certainly disciplines and things we can do in order to aid us in this pursuit. However, we must also look at the negative things we do that tend to amplify the mess. Sometimes our best intentions to make things better only make things worse for us in the end. Have you ever found that to be true?

Worry is one of those things that tend to amplify the mess. It is not wrong to plan for the future. However, we must remember where our provision ultimately comes from. When uncertainty happens, for many people, the tendency is to tighten their grip on the details of what comes next. When thoughts about the future turn into stress, we may have a worry problem.

It comes down to control and trust. As life gets more difficult, we try harder and harder to maintain control. We stop trusting in God to see us through. What a reminder Jesus gives us in Matthew 6! Look at the birds and how God provides for them. Look at the lilies and how God clothes them. Sure, each day has its own troubles, but God’s mercies are new every day and they are sufficient to see us through those troubles!

“I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2 ESV).