TRUTH: Conquering the Futility of Worry

This post was the title of the sermon at church yesterday. Pastor Robert E. Benson Sr. gave this sermon which may be found in a day or two here.

TRUTH: Conquering the Futility of Worry. It is futile to worry as we cannot alter or change a single thing by worrying. It only complicates our lives and violates the Word of God while distancing us from the joy and peace that is ours through Jesus Christ. I am just wired to loath futility. I really hate doing or being involved with anything that seems to have no viable purpose. In fact, that is one of the things that God used to drive me to salvation. The other was a by-product of worry – no peace. The root of my salvation comes from the TRUTH: Conquering the Futility of Worry.

After reflecting on my thoughts about graduating high school and going to college, I remember writing in my composition book how futile the prospect of life was as I contemplated the purpose of life. I asked God to show me what life was all about, why was I here because I did not see a purpose in going to college to get a job to buy a house and car to get a girl. I had all of that save my own house already. I did not see in purpose in moving forward in life. That’s when God showed me my purpose was to know Him through a personal relationships with Jesus Christ and to make Him known through what He says in His Word and does in my life. NOW, that was a purpose I could get behind and an escape from futility.

TRUTH: Conquering the Futility of Worry resonates with me because it reminds me of a great benefit of knowing God as Lord and Master. I DON”T HAVE TO WORRY. That is what the sermon was about that Pastor Benson presented to us from Luke 12:22-34

22 And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on.23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! 25 And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? 26 If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep worrying. 30 For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. 31 But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom33 “Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (NASB)

As a follower of Christ, I do no have to worry. In fact, we see from the passage that we are commanded not to worry; therefore, worry is a sin. Sin separates us from God. That is why there is so much tension in worrying. Pastor Benson gave this quote that expressed it another way.

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow’s load with today’s strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn’t empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom

Since God is my Father and God, I know the TRUTH: Conquering the Futility of Worry. While it does not mean that I will never experience worry again, it does mean that I have an out, an escape – TRUST the Almighty God instead of taking on a load that is not mine. God is sovereign and in complete control. Whatever He allows to assail me is designed to build and purify my faith while giving Him glory through His divine and powerful work as He strengthens me to either endure it or evade it. Regardless, God gets the glory and I have the joy of seeing God work in my life which is living out my purpose. That gives me peace among many other benefits.

Do you see the benefits of the TRUTH: Conquering the Futility of Worry? Read the passage. See the value that Jesus expresses and the absolute surety that He conveys to the disciples that they will be cared for because of their high value to God. When we question God’s goodness and holiness or even our value to God, we give worry a stronghold in our lives. Free yourselves – TRUST God and experience the TRUTH: Conquering the Futility of Worry.

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