Welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner. My friend, may I ask you a question today? While the events of the day foretell a fretting Spirit of God, we know that God does not fret. If he’s then at peace; perhaps we can share his peace by simply realizing his rest and accepting an invitation to join him in it?
My friend, life's a story, welcome to This Passing Day.
Here’s a question we all need to ask of ourselves every day: Is God busy today? It seems like a natural question when you think about the state of the world we live in. Violence if rife. Wars continue endlessly. The world is divided by ideas no one seems able to bridge. The murder rate is up and more people own guns now than ever before. Environmental disasters, natural disasters, and economic disasters keep disaster in the news daily. It’s only natural to think that God must be very busy, relentlessly passing to and fro throughout the universe as he tries to keep it all together and keep us from pulling it apart? You know, I think many people see God that way. With so much trouble everywhere, they see Him as a fretting Spirit, intervening nervously, perhaps often annoyed, in the affairs of men. He just gets one thing under control and something flares up somewhere else that needs his attention. And there is, of course, the matter of the devil. He’s roaming about, as the Bible tells us, as a “roaring lion seeking him he might devour.” With all that going on, God must be terribly busy. Yet, when you think about it, doesn’t the Bible also tell us that God created the heavens and the earth and on the last day he rested? That being the case, maybe he’s still resting?
While the events of the day foretell a fretting Spirit, we know that God does not fret. He is at peace; and perhaps we can share his peace by simply realizing his rest and accepting his invitation to join him in it?
Here’s a story. Author Charles Colson, when visiting Humanita prison in Brazil in the 1980s, was astonished to find the inmates smiling—particularly the murderer who held the keys and opened the gates. Wherever he walked he saw men at peace; clean living areas, people working industriously. The walls were decorated with biblical sayings from Psalms and Proverbs. “How is all this possible?” he wondered. He saw the answer when his guide escorted him to the notorious punishment cell once used for torture. They walked to the end of a long concrete corridor. The guide put the key in the lock and opened the lock. Slowly he swung open the massive door, and there he could see the prisoner in the punishment cell: It was a crucifix, beautifully carved by the Humanita inmates. (adapted-- Thanks to Peter Kennedy)
Psalm 37:8 is one of God’s great don’ts. “Refrain from anger and turn away wrath, do not fret–it leads only to evil.” When we’re reminded of Christ’s finished work on the cross, we can be self-controlled in all things and at peace. God controls all things, but he’s not nervous or fretting by any means about them. As sovereign he has all things under control and needs not dash about. He IS at peace and his work IS finished. Those prisoners had found the “peace of God that surpasses all understanding.” It was the peace that comes only through knowing Christ and entering into the rest he has declared for himself and for us if we only believe. If we charge ourselves daily with believing in God then we must be predisposed to trusting him. That done, there is no room for fretting as it died on the cross and hope is the natural consequence of belief.
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We pray. Thank you Lord for removing worry from our lives by submitting it to the jury of the cross of Jesus Christ our Lord. How can we worry or fret when Christ has subdued all that can be cause for our fear in this life/ Forgive us Father when we choose the path of worry and fretting because we place our fears where only your peace should rightfully be sovereign. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. This Passing Day. (Matt 6:34)
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