Thursday, October 7, 2010

Fear-> A Figment of Your Imagination

Fear---->Figment of your imagination

Many times we put so much time and effort into worrying about the unknown that we forget to live for the right now. I know I have been guilty of this, especially this year. I can be in the middle of a great trip or vacay and I find myself wondering, "Lord, when will I be able to do this again." Then I immediately pump the breaks. -PAUSE- The nerve of me to trust God only in increments. If I am to trust and believe Him, I must do it always, not just when it's easy or convenient. I am directly slapping God in the face by thinking He wont take care of me in the future like He has done in the past. That's when I realized that fear is often a figment of my imagination.

One of the first scriptures that we master as children is the Lord's prayer. Read it with me:

Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, for ever and ever.

Now, I've highlighted one line in particular, "Give us this day our daily bread." I will wait while you re-read that one with me. Our DAILY bread. Did you understand that like I did? God is saying that each day we would get a new allotment. Our DAILY bread. "Daily" means it would be replenished on a regular basis. So day to day He would renew His mercy, grace, favor, understanding, love, etc. You name it. All that He promised us would cover us day to day. Isn't that incredible to know? Your 'daily bread' has been allotted for your daily triumphs and struggles. You have JUST enough to get through today, why try to solve problems for next week when God has only allotted you enough for this 24 hours?

Funny thing is, the thing you fear the most is probably what you need to worry the least. Like if your man will propose or if you will get that job. Or if you're friend is really mad at you or if you will be able to catch that sale. Trust me, if that man knows what best, he will lock you down forever. If that job is for you, no one else will fit it. You're friend is probably so consumed with their own lives that they forgot that you pissed them off earlier that week. And that sale will be there. You just can't worry about the unknown, you will lose strength for what you do know and what you do have.

One of my favorite scriptures talks about not using today's energy for tomorrow's worries. Matthew 6:34 says, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Honey, isn't that a relief? (lol) You can trust and know that God has it under control. Each day God's mercies are renewed. It's like being able to drive a certain amount of miles to and from work in your car. Nothing more. Instead, you decide you want to take a road trip on that same tank of gas. That's not what that tank of gas was equipped for, but you chance it anyway. And you know what will eventually happen? You will run out of gas and you simply won't have enough. God gives you just enough for day to day. So the unknown that exists can't be stressed over because God already has a remedy for it, you have to trust him to get to that moment.

Often times we stress over the most menial things that we forget all that we currently have been given. It almost comes off as ungrateful. Yes you want a promotion. Yes you want your own house. Yes you want a new car. Yes you want to travel. Truth to the matter is that you have what you have and you must master that. God wants to see what you will do with what your given. This is not to say you shouldn't desire more, but that desire shouldn't overshadow all that God has already done

I think the best thing to do is to enjoy the very moment you are in because you will never see it again. The funny thing about life is that just as soon as things can turn for the worst, it can certainly turn for the best. It's all about the journey and trusting God from faith to faith. The rest will just have to take care of itself.

Not letting fear cloud my view....



fab_E said...

girl! our pastor is doing a series on this same subject! great post...needed that reminder!

Tip850 said...

Im trying to pick out one thing you said that hit me but im not going to retype your whole I have to remind myself daily to not worry about things I cant change and constantly have to remind myself not to be ungrateful because truly I am so blessed. Thanks Mesha.