Ralph Graves: Too Blessed to be Stressed
By Pastor Ralph Graves | Cornerstone Community Church
MILLVILLE — Psalm 37: Did you know that the Bible actually commands us not to fret?
But we do, donâ€™t we? When the stock market goes down, or our blood pressure goes up. Some fret because they fear they donâ€™t know enough; others, because they know too much. The poor fret because they donâ€™t have money, the rich because they are afraid to lose what they have.
The elderly fret because theyâ€™re facing death, the young because theyâ€™re facing an unsure future. And yet God says not to fret.
Jesus warned that we gain nothing by worrying. In Matthew 6:27, he asked the question â€œWhich of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?â€
The best thing you can say about worry is that is useless. But, it can also be harmful. Worry will do the same thing to you that sand will do to machinery. Itâ€™ll take the blue out of your sky. Itâ€™ll take all the joy out of your heart. Few forms of dissipation are as debilitating as worry.
Perhaps the most tragic of all is how insulting worry is to God. Worry is a way of saying, â€œGod, youâ€™re not able to provide for me.â€œ But God, through King David, gave us Psalm 37 to reassure us of his care. He gave us not only a command but also a recipe of how we can be free from fretting: We can trust the Lord when resources vanish.
In this Psalm, David observed that he had never seen the righteous big for bread. Those who trust in God will dwell in the land and be fed.
According to this Psalm, we can delight in the Lord when dreams dissolve. If you take the joy of the Lord, your desires will be met. Thereâ€™s only one source of joy that canâ€™t be threatened, and thatâ€™s the Lord. Activist and writer Corrie ten Boom said, â€œlook around and youâ€™ll be distressed. Look within, youâ€™ll be depressed. Look to the Lord youâ€™ll be at rest.â€
And finally the Psalm teaches that we can commit our way to the Lord when our lifestyle is threatened. Do you know what the word â€œwayâ€ means in the Bible? It means your lifestyle, the way youâ€™re used to living. You can give your way to God. You can roll your worries on to him.
And even if your standard of living may change, your standard of life will not. Find Your delight and your rest in God and fret not!
Anger, rage and losing your temper seem to be the norm in our culture. However normal they may seem they are destructive emotions. They reveal the lack of faith that God is Love and is still in control.
We should not worry; instead, we should trust in God, giving ourselves to him for his use and safekeeping. When you dwell on your problems youâ€™ll become anxious and angry. But if you concentrate on God and his goodness, you will find peace.
And then youâ€™ll be able to proclaim with confidence, â€œIâ€™m too blessed to be stressed.â€œ
Ralph Graves Jr
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