This morning, the first thing I did was reach for my word of the day. I have recommitted to seeking God the minute my eyes open. I have learned how important this one little activity is. It literally makes all the difference in the world. Seeing how I am in this world but I am not of this world, I need to be prepared in every way possible to walk through each day in this world. Today's word caused me to chuckle.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel. (Proverbs 12:15, NASB)
The word of God has a lot to say about fools. Until I began reading God's word every day, I had no idea just how incredibly cool the Bible actually is. When you just listen to man's opinion of it all, it indeed sounds outdated, pointless, too confusing to digest, and the biggest lie of all that is professed, the claim that 'the Bible contradicts itself'.
I have spent the last three years diving deep into the word of God as well as the history of mankind from outside scholastic resources. In the end, I have fallen more in love with both God and Jesus Christ. There is no debating the existence of Christ nor the impact the early church had on the world. There is no denying the activity of God in the history of mankind either.
Some people think that if God did exist back in the day, He is no longer active in the world today. That is a sad thing for people to believe. I have personally been sung to by angels in this decade. I have personally heard the audible voice of God in the midst of prayer. I have personally witnessed Him move mountains out of my path. I promise you God is active today; it is the people in the world who have shut Him out, not the other way around. I find that truth very sad for people in today's world are riddled with anxiety. They fret over the next president. They fret over what people think of them. They fret over a million various things.
Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down, But a good word makes it glad. (Proverbs 12:25, NASB)
With so much negativity in the world, where does one find a 'good word'? Certainly not on the News or the TV. Currently we are being overloaded with the need to fret over who our next president will be! You will always find a good word in the word of God. Today, since the subject of this post seems to be revolving around fools and anxiety, let us go to the gospel of Matthew for our 'good word'.
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:34, NASB)
This is the final word that Jesus has to say in regards to worry and anxiety over life and all of its details. One of the most impacting verses in this section is the one where Jesus asks who, by worry, can do something as simple as adding a single hour to their life? The answer is no one can accomplish that with worry or anxiety. Neither one of those activities do anything but rob us of life and peace of mind. Jesus reminds us that for Him and His father, adding time to a persons life is something that can be done. There are countless stories in the Bible of people being healed and even those who were brought back. Now again, some may say, that was over 2000 years ago. I am alive today to tell you that I died in a house fire and God brought me back to life. This is one of many true life stories that can be found in my book. If you are lacking in faith or hope today, I invite you, I beg you to read my book. I have been told countless times that it is a real game changer!
Father, today I come before you praying for the countless lives of those who are filled with worry and anxiety over today as well as tomorrow. May they find the peace that you offer to them both through your word as well as in open conversation with you from their hearts. So many have fallen for the lie that you are a wrathful God out to punish those who fall short. If only they could recognize the truth in the parables such as the one about the prodigal son. There is so much to that story. The father didn't just welcome the son home, he was watching for his return. He recognized him from a long way off and ran to him; ran to him. That is a reflection of you and how you welcome the lost back home. May this and so many more truths sink into their hearts, their minds and their souls. May their hearts be softened. May they awaken. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
Wendy, mom of many, girl who walks with God
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