There are times in life where the message from God is truly clear. You hear it ringing out as when someone rings a bell for dinner, a church bell, or a bell in a town when the clock signals the time. For those situations, the sound reverberates in your ear. There is no escaping that sound. No one can claim that he did not hear the bell. Today, I had one of those moments. I have lived in my current home for more than a decade. As I looked at the home, I liked it. I came by the home several different times of the day to gauge how quiet is the neighborhood. It passed the test. The first night I moved into the home I was shocked. There was an unmistakable sound just like any of those bells. Between 2 and 2:30 in the morning, I heard it. There was no way for me to account for that sound. For several nights leading past week, I was awakened by that sound near the same time every day. Today, I heard it again like clock work. It rang out. I looked at the clock. It read 2:03 a.m. What was that sound that resonated? It was the sound of a train horn. I live a little more than a mile from a train track. While there are no noises at 2 a.m. to compete with, the train’s horn ruled the night. When I first moved in, it took me a while to get used to it, so I could sleep. Well the morning, God allowed it to awaken me. There was nothing to do. I wasn’t going back to sleep. I followed God’s leading. I got up.
As I came to begin to read to hear what God would speak to me about, I turned on my computer. Just like the resonating sound of the train’s horn, there was no mistaking what God was speaking to me about. As I turned on the computer, an unusual thing happened. The window with all of my files opened. Dead center in the window was the thumbnail of the picture above. I saw it. It called my name. It demanded me to click it to see what it was. When I opened it, it was clear that this was another one of those times that God was clearly speaking to me. In fact, God immediately told me that did not need to read John 12 today to hear His voice. My message was front and center – Be Anxious for Nothing.
God is reaffirming His expectation to me about circumstances for which I have no control. Man likes to assume responsibility for things he has no control over. Man not only has no control, he has no power to influence or affect the direction of the circumstance. That’s why he has not control. He has no power to influence or affect the outcome. I am not sure about you, but there are countless of situations that I have not control or influence, but the impact on my life is huge. Similarly, I had no control over the train’s horn when I first moved into my current home. Today, I was reminded I had not control. God allowed it to awaken me. It was God calling me to Himself. How sweet is that, but that is not what I first thought. I said, “man, I am so tired”, but God told me He wanted His time with me. He did not want to get short-changed by my penchant to want to be prepared for work, my classes. What a reminder. I thought God wanted something from me. He only wants what will benefit me. As with any parent, we don’t always see that. What we see are expectations that inhibit in most instances. That’s not what God said today to me. He quietly and sternly said, “Be Anxious for Nothing“.
Listen to what God is saying in Philippians 4:6-7.
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
God’s Word is living. It continually tells us not to be anxious about anything. There is nothing that exist outside of anything. God is saying no matter what it pertains to I do not want you to be anxious. I don’t want you to worry. We only are concerned about the future because we have no control over it. God’s expectation about being concerned over the future are simple and clear. Listen to what God says about being worried about the future
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. Matthew 6
What about the future is plaguing you? What is consuming your mind? Not only does God tell us not to be anxious or not to worry, He tells us how to do that. First, He tells us to pray to Him about it. The implication is that we are valuable to Him, so He cares about our future or what happens to us. God tells us to pray with thanksgiving. What does that mean? We should be thankful that God cares enough about us to consider us and our concerns/needs. God is not only concerned, He will attend to what we need as He determines the need. When we trust Him, He says that He will give us His peace which surpasses all understanding and guards our hearts (what we feel) and our minds (what we think) in Christ Jesus. In Christ Jesus means it is for those who are in Christ Jesus, but God is gracious to the saved and unsaved. The principle works for any who will trust God as they seek to Be Anxious for Nothing.
I take a little liberty with Paul’s word and God’s Word to personalize it, so it can be come our word too.
I do not want you to be uninformed brothers and sisters about my experiences in this world. I have experienced great pressure but none that God did not enable me to endure. The devil has wanted to claim my life, but the Father, up to this point, has spared me from such a fate. Despite that, all the hardships, trials and sufferings have happened to cause me to rely on God not myself. God raises from the dead. He has delivered me in the past, and He will deliver me again. Because of His Word and His work in my life, I have to set my hope on His promise to continue to deliver me. (2 Corinthians 1)
Join me on my quest today to “Be Anxious for Nothing” but to thankfully pray to our caring God who will give us peace that surpasses all understanding. Pray and trust Him that you are indeed more valuable than birds of the air whom He provides.
By your choice, God’s Word can help you if you listen or hurt you if you don’t. When God’s horn (His Word) sounds and you don’t listen, words will hurt you.