Be Careful for NothingMarch 20, 2007
This is going to be a quick bloglet for three reasons.
( 1 ) I’ve had very little sleep in the past couple of days and the effect is notable.
( 2 ) I have to take Matthew to the doctor this morning.
( 3 ) The portion of wordpress where writing is done is acting up; in fact I’m not sure if this will even make it through or not. Such is the case with the arm of flesh which has no power to deliver.
Last night after returning home from work, I was sitting in the truck for a couple of moments; looking into the stars, as I tend to do on clear nights, and thinking. (Well-no wonder you’re tired timbob; you spend all night gazing into the host of heaven! lol) I was thinking about just how much we tend to take for granted. For example, last night I left work, travelled down US 131, until I reached the village of Constantine. Here I turned west onto N. River Rd, travelled two miles, turned again onto Quaker st, and travelled two more miles until I came to the house. No big deal. Just like I’ve done thousands of times. Yet this routine could have been interrupted in a moment and the course of events forever altered by falling asleep at the wheel and hitting a tree. Or by an intoxicated driver crossing into my lane. One little moment can forever alter the future. One single incident and suddenly the status quo is but a memory.
We tend to take everyday occurrances for granted without thanking God for his supernatural hedge. Just like Job, each of us have a certain amount of hedge about us. Given the space to do so, Satan would go about eliminating each of us in a moment as he continuously seeks to kill and destroy. He would have loved to have a semi cross into my path last night which would place my family into the throes of uncrtainty. So last night I thanked the Lord for a safe trip home. This is something that I need to grasp in greater detail. To be thankful for all that the Lord has done. To praise him each day for protecting this family and keep praying for then salvation of this household. To not be discouraged when things don’t progress as fast as we would like. To have a continuous heart of gratitude and contentment.
I quote Isaiah 26:3 a lot because it really is true. Contentment and peace are the result of having a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and keeping our thoughts on him. This is in complete opposition to what the world offers which is “you need this. You need that. You cannot possibly be happy until you have more of these or attend this event. How can you possibly be happy when you’re sober?” The world offers a neverending list of “needs” which never satisfy. Jesus offers rivers of living water springing up from within. A supernatural life in abundance which is in no way dependant upon the devices of this world.
I Timothy 6:6-8 “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and rainment let us be therewith content.”
Contentment with thanksgiving. Whether we have much in this world or only the clothes on our back, Gods perfect peace transcends all in this life. This is going to sound nutty, but I remember the lines from a Janis Joplin song (I’m old) “Freedoms just another word for nothng left to loose.” If you’re under the age of forty, this may not ring a bell. It speaks of contentment that’s not dependant upon material possessions, even though it’s secular in nature and is referring to the companionship of another person. (These spontaneous bloglets are dangerous. I’m all over the map this morning. Sorry)
Philippians 4:6-7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
I need to be going for now as the day looks to be a hectic one. Nonetheless, Gods peace passes all understanding as the above passage says. I pray that we all would draw in so close to the Lord Jesus that nothing in this world would shake us. The joy of the Lord is beyond awesome as Jesus has promised to be with us always.
I wish all a great day in Christ.