PASTOR'S PEN: Is it the time of year to worry?
By Pastor David Stiles
Baldwin Baptist Church
No. We are never told to worry. Worry is sin. We are commanded, "Be careful for nothing; but in everything 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 you hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil.4:6,7)
What a great God we have! Have you been in prayer lately? How thankful have you been recently? No matter what our care may be, we are to seek the face of God for the answers. "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble." (Psa.46:1) No matter what our need may be, we have the promise of God to lean upon. "But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." (Phil.4:19) He doesn't promise to supply all of our greed, just our needs.
What do you think you need? The greatest need anyone has is to settle your eternal destiny. Jesus died on the cross to purchase our salvation. Our debt of sin had to be paid. Only the eternal son of God could pay our debt. The sinless savior took our place on the horrible cross. He shed his sinless blood to atone for our sins. All we need to do is accept this free gift of eternal life.
We can do nothing to pay for our own sins. Not good works, baptism, membership in a religion, or trying to buy off God will pay our bill. The thief on the cross put his faith in Christ and that day after he died, came to paradise to be with Christ. Jesus said so. What did the thief do to get eternal life? Nothing! It is a free gift. He believed in Christ. Remember, that free gift cost Christ everything!
Stop worrying. Christ has already paid the bill we owe. "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." (Rom 10:13) Have you put your faith in Christ? Don't wait. There are no promises for tomorrow.
Another need is to deal with the more immediate challenges of life in the correct way. Psa. 9:9,10 says: "The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee; for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee." Have you put your trust in Christ?
We have a great God! Go to Him. He promises His followers, "He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him. I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him." (Psa.91:15) Have you called out to him lately?
Have you listened to him as you read his word? Get into the word of God right now. There's no time like the present to find out what God thinks about the issue. "Come let us reason together." (Isa.1:18) What are you afraid of running into today? Christ has the solution. Christ is loving and kind. He came and hung on the cross to prove His love. Let Him meet that need.
Listen to the testimony of the apostle Paul: "We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed." (2 Cor.4:8,9)
What a great God we have. Yes, there are times of trouble, but our Lord is there. We will not be distressed. We may be perplexed but not filled with despair. Our Savior is there. We may be cast down, but our shepherd will pick us up and hold us close.
The question remains, do you have Jesus as Savior? Would you trust Him today? Wait no longer! Time is wasting. Sin is enslaving. The mire of this world is deepening. The flesh wants to take you down. The Devil seeks your destruction. The answer is Christ. Believe God's plan. God's plan works if you work within His plan. Stop worrying and start to live by faith. Trust Christ today. He remains the answer. What a great God we have. You only have to seek him. He's waiting.