Last Sunday I had the honour of preaching in my home Church, which is never something I take lightly. We’re currently going through Proverbs for this month….you try pinning down the all the Proverbs for one message!
The key verse God laid out for us, was:
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. Proverbs 12:25
Difficulties and problems come along – fact of life rule 101! But it’s how we walk with God through them which is the difference being a worrier, or a warrior!
Challenges and difficulties by definition take us out of our comfort zones. God uses them for our benefit – to cause us to grow, or He uses them for His Kingdom purposes, and He nearly always causes them to be an encouragement to someone else – if we allow Him to.
But did you also realise that the challenges you will face or are currently facing, can actually be used by God to also cause someone else to grow, in their own life.
1 Corinthians 12:26, reminds us that “if one member suffers, all suffer together” because we are all part of the same body. That is – the body of Christ.
So it’s not just about we handle our own challenges, it’s how we respond to the challenges others are also facing. Oh my days, Steph…as if life isn’t hard enough with my own issues, I now have to mindful of other people’s issues too?
Well, doh! Is that the kind of love Jesus extends to us? Even when He was on the cross, suffering, in pain, and absolute agony to the core of his heart, mind and body – even then He effectively says to the criminal being crucified with Him, “Don’t worry, I assure you, today you will be with Me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
So, if you are in the middle of something today which is causing you to feel fear and anxiety, I am convinced and am persuaded, that when we stop worrying enough to turn to God, and hear Him, listen to the wisdom He bestows to those who ask Him, we would find that the role of worry in our minds would diminish. I know because I have encountered this so many times in my life recently, and sometimes – hands up – this was after allowing the worry to weigh me down first.
Don’t let worry weigh you down…you were created to walk tall, with your head lifted high. So no matter what you are going through, be a warrior, not a worrier.