PASTOR'S PEN: Why pray when you can worry?

That is a play on words.  The answer to worry is found in God’s Holy Word if we’ll listen. The Bible says, “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.”(Phil. 4:6,7).

So, it remains abundantly clear for us. We must come to God in prayer for relief from cares and concerns in life. We all have pains and hurt in life. What shall we do? Does Christ care about our situations? Short answer is, yes. He experienced our feelings while here on earth. He knows what we face everyday. Christ is the answer. When the Psalms says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psa.46:1), God is reaching out to us. Listen when he says in John 14:1, “Let not your heart be troubled, ye believe in God believe also in me.”  We will always come into conflict in life. The question is how are we going to deal with the problems.

Will we seek relief in the bottom of a bottle of alcohol of some sort? Will we seek the answer in illegal drug trade and use? Will the search take us to a journey to the depths of sexual perversion of some sort? Christ remains the answer for us.  His compassion is beyond question. His comforter the Holy Spirit is here for us. God has given us his Holy Word the Bible for our guidance. We simply must listen to it. Or go ahead and try to worry your way out. Worrying does not help. Worrying does not work. Why waste your time? God’s word once again says,”But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus “(Phil.4:19).

He said your need will be met, not your greed.  What do we need?  Well, consider the basic problem to be sin in our lives. What is the solution?  We need a Saviour. The only risen Saviour there is happens to be Jesus Christ. If we will come to him admitting our sin, and put our faith in what he did to pay for our sin debt, he will save our souls from hell. Hell is God’s judgment for Christ rejectors. He alone died on the cross and shed his blood to pay our sin debt. The third day we were given proof of the effectiveness of his sacrifice on the cross. He arose from the dead. He was victorious over sin and death that resurrection day. Imagine one who knew no sin himself taking on himself our sin. What a Saviour! The Bible says, “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance “(Psa. 32:7). No matter what seems to be the overwhelming concern of the moment, Christ is our hiding place.  We can come to him in the darkest valley of life for help. Believers can pray to our living God.

Paul experienced many of life’s troubles.  His word of encouragement to us is found in 2 Cor.4:8,9 which says, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”  There is hope in Christ if you’ll trust him.

We are given many promises in God’s Word. One promise is in Psa. 91:15, “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:  I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.”

Christ is there in the dark deep valley with us.  We must look to him for help. The problem may seem hopeless and to hard for God, but he has not forsaken us. Paul spoke from experience, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Rom.8:28). Have you trusted Christ?  Have you gone to him to take away your sin?  All other problems are small in comparison to the sin issue in life. He’ll deal with the other problems too.

Listen,  would you rather spend your short existence here worrying or go to God  by faith and settle your eternal problem first?  I hope you will trust in the only living Saviour, Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Except a man be born again he can not see the kingdom of God.”(John 3:3)  Are you born again?  The Son of God said, “Ye must be born again” (John 3:7).  Accept the answer Christ offers or keep worrying. See how that works out for you. It’s your choice.

Trust Christ today.