Matthew – Fulfilled
“Mama said there’ll be days like this,
There’ll be days like this Mama said…”
This old song humorously comes to mind when I am over stressed about things and people. It makes me smile and think of my mama who was industrious, never stopped working until she got so ill that she could not. In the early years, she would be a bundle of stress until the task was complete. I didn’t want to be like that…but I am. Stress is passed down from generation to generation.
My mom wrote an article years ago about stress called, “Why do I feel guilty if I relax?” After reading the article and talking with her, I knew this was a generational malady. We love God and turn to Him for guidance and tried to follow Him but we can’t seem to relax after we have done our part and rest in truth that He never stops working and will complete the work He started in us. She said, “I feel guilty if I sit down to rest. I feel guilty when I take a vacation from work.” Okay, I have perspective on this pleasure in my life. I have found that vacations renew your mind and make us better at listening and following God with more enthusiasm and vigor upon our return. “All you who are weary, come away and rest with Me”, says Jesus.
Jesus takes time to teach us that to relax is to focus on Him. Worry is not worship. We need to center our thoughts on the God of the Universe and Creator of everything. The great I AM, Who was and is to come, is in control. Bank on it. Let go of the stress of what you think you need to get done and focus on what God has done, is doing and will do. “What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving”, says Jesus to his followers. He is speaking to me this morning, one of His students and followers.
The more we worship the less we worry. “Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Wow, just ponder that for awhile. Take all the time you need. Now, here’s the rest of the passage…
Matthew 6, The Message
A Life of God-Worship
19-21 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or—worse!—stolen by burglars. Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
22-23 “Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!
24 “You can’t worship two gods at once. Loving one god, you’ll end up hating the other. Adoration of one feeds contempt for the other. You can’t worship God and Money both.
25-26 “If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.
27-29 “Has anyone by fussing in front of the mirror ever gotten taller by so much as an inch? All this time and money wasted on fashion—do you think it makes that much difference? Instead of looking at the fashions, walk out into the fields and look at the wildflowers. They never primp or shop, but have you ever seen color and design quite like it? The ten best-dressed men and women in the country look shabby alongside them.
30-33 “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.
34 “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.
What do we learn?
–Seek first God.
–Worship God over worry. Our trust in Him is measured by our amount of worry.
–Most of the time our worry over what might happen never happens.
–What a waste of time to worry when we could have been resting and relaxing at the feet of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for speaking to my heart, teaching my soul to find rest in You. You said there’d be days of suffering and trials, but You followed those words or warning with the truth that you have overcome and will always be with us. Thank you, Lord. May we rest in these thoughts of you all day long and forever.
In Jesus Name, Amen