Today and Always God is in control.
Nothing is truly ours to decide.
Nothing is predictable.
Nothing is fair.
Not everything will turn out how you think it should.
Not everyone who disagrees with you is wrong.
Being angry does not make things better.
But God always has this.
“Would it help?”
A few months ago I had a chance to sit down with my husband and watch a movie. This is something very few and far between. We watched Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg, 2015), with Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance. It was a great movie. I pulled something very helpful from one of the main characters. While he was in jail, being accused of being a spy, he didn’t get angry, ever.
When his lawyer (Tom Hanks) says, “You don’t seem alarmed.” “Do you never worry?” “You’re not worried?”
He (Mark Rylance) responds every time, “Would it help?”
No. No it would not help. No it does not help.
What does help?
Praying to God, asking God for help. No matter your feelings, your worries, whatever it is your struggling to deal with: the argument with your spouse, the upcoming surgery, the ever prominent election and the future of America, your meeting at work, and everything in between. Take it to God. God can help. God will help.
Let Go, and Let God
I’m going to share a few things with you that have helped me through the past year, they apply to more then just my own personal life circumstances.
What a Friend We Have in Jesus
“What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.
Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.”
Words by Joseph Scriven
Matthew 6:25-34 New International Version (NIV)
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)
So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
My message today is not my normal, my message today is to remind you that no matter what happens, God is in control. Go on with your day. Love your neighbor. Love your family. Love yourself. And I urge you to Love God.
Today and Always God is in control. Pray. Let Go, and Let God.