The View From A Rocking Chair


Psalm 127:2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows, For so He gives His beloved sleep.

I had something on my mind as I went to sleep last night that caused me to stay up later than usual and when I went to bed I had difficulty going to sleep. Then I slept a little later than usual this morning so when I got up I felt as if I was already running behind and wouldn’t have enough time to get everything done on my agenda for today! As I was praying about these situations the Lord reminded me that He doesn’t expect us to solve the problems of the world; He expects us to trust Him and lie down to sleep in peace.

The word for “sorrows” in that verse means “anxiety”. Worrying causes people to lose sleep; valuable rest that their bodies need to function and keep them from succumbing to sickness and disease. Worry is like a cancer that grows without restraint. As Erma Bombeck and others have said: “Worry is like a rocking chair; it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.”

Jesus was a little more adamant about worry and it’s consequences when He gave us these instructions about it in Matthew 6:25:

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”

The Greek word for “worry” is the word merimnao and it means “to divide into parts”. The word suggests a distraction, a preoccupation with things causing anxiety, stress, and pressure.

Worry divides your mind into parts! It cause anxiety, stress, pressure. You aren’t able to put things into proper perspective because your mind is flitting here and there, thinking about the “what ifs” in life. What if I can’t make it through this situation? What if I don’t have enough money to provide for what I need? What if…..what if….WHAT IF! And everyone knows that the “what ifs” are much larger at night than they are in the day. Our minds seem to run crazy with worry in the night hours. Problems are much more difficult when trying to solve them during the night!

Matthew 6:27-30 “Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; “and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” “Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”

Can you change your height; add to it, or grow taller through worrying? No, we all know that worrying can’t add an inch to our height. Jesus is saying that it’s useless to worry because worrying doesn’t change anything! God takes care of His own. The flowers out in the field don’t do anything and yet God provides for them. He made them and He takes care of them. Don’t you think you are of more importance to Him than a flower? Will He not be more diligent to care for His child?

He calls those who worry, “O you of little faith”. The Greek word for “little faith” in that verse is the word “oligopistos” It is a combination of two words “oligos” meaning “small” and “pistos” meaning “faith”. It describes a faith that lacks confidence or trust too little. Another way to term it is “under-developed faith” as opposed to outright unbelief or distrust.

We all grow in our faith walk through progression. Some of us may be strong in faith in one area and still have weaknesses that we are working on to develop a stronger faith. We believe for things as we have need of them. Faith to meet life’s challenges comes through hearing the word of God.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Now I don’t believe that means just hearing any part of God’s word. I believe it’s specific to your need. If you need provision for finances, then you need to search out God’s word on how He provides for your financial needs and focus on those particular scriptures. Meditate on them; speak them over and over to yourself speaking out loud so your ears hear the scriptures until your heart receives them as truth and you begin to respond to your situation with faith believing that what God has said is true. The same thing goes for your need for physical healing. God has provided for all of our needs in the crucifixion of Jesus, His only Son. He paid the price that we might have the provision that we need. Get into God’s word and find the scriptures that apply to your particular situation and then begin to claim them as yours.

Matthew 6:31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink? Or ‘What shall we wear?’

Worrisome thoughts are made your own through what you say! “What are we going to do….” “What if….” “Are we going to have enough….” “Will I make it through this?”

Instead of taking the thought of worry captive and bringing it into obedience to the truth of God’s word, we often dwell on the negative and speak out of our fears. That ties God’s hands from being able to bring the provision for your need because He is moved by faith, not fear! Fear is “false evidence appearing real” and is to the devil what faith is to God. The devil is moved by our fears. He is ready and willing to bring into existence what we are fearing. God is pleased when we believe that He is who He says He is and that we believe that He rewards those who diligently seek Him. Faith is the vehicle that brings into manifestation the promises of God in your life.

Matthew 6:31-34 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?” or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ “For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

God knows your needs. Seek Him first; seek His righteousness in providing for His own He has the answer to all of life’s problems. Trust Him to provide for you. Don’t worry about the future because each day has enough challenges. Don’t borrow from tomorrow’s cares; take each day at a time. Worry robs a person of valuable strength that they could be using to plan wisely for the future. There are some things we can do to prepare for what lies ahead; we can pray; we can study God’s word to know what is ours according to His promises; we can manage our finances well, planning for future expenses; we can take care of our physical bodies, eating the right things that bring good nourishment into our bodies; we can live wisely and we can REST; trusting Him to take care of the things that we have no control over!

Father, I thank You for providing for our every need. You have not forgotten anything, Father, and You know what lies ahead of us, the challenges that we will face. I thank You for going before us into each one of them and preparing us for success in them. Thank You for being our God; our Provider; our Healer; our Need Meeter! Thank You for blessing us with all good things. Father, I pray for my friends this morning who may be facing challenges in which they see no way out. Father, I pray that You will give them the assurance that they can trust You to provide for this need in their life. Father, I ask You to give them the scriptures that they need to focus on that will give them peace and comfort as they stand firm believing in faith that You will meet this need. Thank You, Father, for hearing and answering my prayer for I believe I receive when I pray. In Jesus’ name. Amen.


Waiting For Jesus


1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 MESSAGE Bible But friends, you’re not in the dark, so how could you be taken off guard by any of this? You’re sons of Light, daughters of Day. We live under wide open skies and know where we stand. So let’s not sleepwalk through life like those others. Let’s keep our eyes open and be smart. People sleep at night and get drunk at night. But not us! Since we’re creatures of Day, let’s act like it. Walk out into the daylight sober, dressed up in faith, love, and the hope of salvation. God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.

The times that we live in, if not approached in light of the Word of God, will have an opportunity to bring in a spirit of fear that we must guard our hearts against. We live in uncertain times, but for the believer in Christ Jesus they are exciting times. Every day that we live moves us one more day towards the coming of the Lord Jesus! How exciting is that! But our attitude towards world events and the era in which we live will determine how we walk and talk in these last days. It is important that we look forward to the coming of the Lord with faith and expectancy. He promised to return for us and He will keep His word. THE MESSAGE Bible’s introduction to the books of 1 & 2 Thessalonians says this:

“The Christian faith had always been characterized by a strong and focused sense of future, with belief in the Second Coming of Jesus as the most distinctive detail. From the day Jesus ascended into heaven, his followers lived in expectancy of his return. He told them he was coming back. They believed he was coming back. They continue to believe it. For Christians, it is the most important thing to know and believe about the future.

“The practical effect of this belief is to charge each moment of the present with hope. For if the future is dominated by the coming again of Jesus, there is little room left on the screen for projecting our anxieties and fantasies. It takes the clutter out of our lives. We’re far more free to respond spontaneously to the freedom of God.

“All the same, the belief can be misconceived so that it results in paralyzing fear for some, shiftless indolence in others. Paul’s two letters to the Christians in Thessalonica, among much else, correct such debilitating misconceptions, prodding us to continue to live forward in taut and joyful expectancy for what God will do next in Jesus.”

Do you have a strong and focused sense of future, charged by faith, love and an expectancy of His return? Or do you fear what might take place tomorrow or in the future that lies ahead of you?

1 Thessalonians 5:24 MESSAGE The One who called you is completely dependable. If he said it, he’ll do it!

God is not slack concerning His promises, what He has said He will do! But our walk through life is to be a walk of faith. That means that we might see the larger picture of what is going to happen, but the everyday happenings are hidden from our view so that we must trust Him to lead us through them. Our walk of faith is not a walk of always seeing and knowing what lies ahead; it is a walk that trusts God to reveal our path as we walk it out. We are to focus our eyes on Jesus and walk as He directs us through every day, encouraging one another, loving both the unsaved and the saved and sharing the expectancy of His arrival with all around us.

2 Peter 3:13-15 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, with out spot and blameless; and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you,

We are supposed to be looking forward to the promise of the new heavens and new earth that await us at His return. We have the joy of His salvation within us! He has gone ahead of us to prepare a place for us! What joy it will be when we see Him again, knowing that the life that we have lived here on earth will no longer have a hold on us. We will be totally free to experience our eternity with Him. For believers, we have a hope and a future that is good, but for unbelievers there is no hope and no future. Ephesians 2:12 says that they are “without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and with God in the world.” The thing that we are to do as we await the return of our Lord and Savior is to tell the lost about the future that awaits both us us; ours with promise of eternal life with Jesus, theirs without hope of a future with Him. We are to be about our Father’s business!

Friends, which camp are you living in today? Are you in the fellowship of the saved, the redeemed, those who look forward to the coming of the Lord with great expectation of good? Or do you live in the land of darkness, the place where there is no hope and no future expectation of good? The decision to change camps is yours. All you have to do is call upon the name of the Lord and you will be saved. You can change residences by simply praying and asking Jesus into your heart, believing that He is the Christ, the Messiah and that He died for you personally, so that you might have eternal life with Him in the Presence of the Father. Won’t you pray that prayer today so you can know for sure that your salvation is secure in Christ Jesus?

Father, I thank You for so great a salvation that reaches down to the lost and dying and pulls them out of the muck and mire of darkness and sets their feet on the solid rock of Your love. Father, I pray today that those who read this blog will be encouraged to place their faith and trust in you, both those who already know you and those who don’t. Father, today is the day of salvation! Today it is not too late for them to come to You to receive eternal life. But tomorrow might be too late. I pray that they will not enter into eternity without You. I thank You for delaying Your coming to give as many as possible the opportunity to come into the fold; into Your family. I ask that You would prepare hearts to receive You today, Lord Jesus. Knock on their heart’s doors and soften them to receive you. Father, I ask You to cause those who do know You to look at the future with great expectancy of the good things that await them. Drive fear far from them and cause faith to arise with in them. Thank You, Father, for Your word and how You direct us by Your Spirit to those scriptures that will fill our hearts with hope. Thank You, Lord, for Your precious Spirit that fills us within with faith, love, and hope. To You be the glory for what You are doing in our hears and lives. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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