DayBreaks for 5/14/18: Robbed of Joy
From the DayBreaks archive, May 2008
There was once a man who had lived a long time. Someone once asked him what it was that had robbed the most joy from his life. The old man never hesitated, but answered simply, “Things that never happened!”
How much of my life have I spent worrying about things that might happen but which never did? I can become frozen with fear and not let my children play in the front yard. I can refuse to leave my house for fear of being in a traffic accident on my way to work. I can never shake someone’s hand or hug someone or give anyone a kiss for fear of disease. I can stop drinking water or eating food because it might be poisoned! We all would tend to say that doing those things would be silly, yet we worry about many things. Jesus knew someone like that and her name was Martha: “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” (Lk. 10:41-42). What had Mary chosen? Jesus!
Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow because tomorrow will take care of itself. We need to be focused on where we are right now in this day that God has made (Matt. 6:34). The apostle Paul also counsels us to: Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7). Paul doesn’t say that we shouldn’t care about things – just that we not be anxious about them. How do we do that? We take everything to God as a request – and then we leave it there, with Him. The result: His peace will guard and protect our hearts and minds.
Here’s three keys to happiness that you may find helpful in your walk with Him today (and tomorrow!!!):
Fret not – for He loves you, John 15:9: As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love” He loves you now and forever!
Faint not – for He holds you, Psalm 139:10: …even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. No one can snatch you from his hand!
Fear not – for He keeps you, Psalm 121:5: The LORD watches over you– the LORD is your shade at your right hand… He will not slumber nor sleep, but always watch over you!
Don’t let things that you only imagine in your mind rob you of your joy in Christ! It is that very joy that may draw your neighbors to Him through you!
PRAYER: Fill our minds with the joys of your promises and the certainty of your goodness so we don’t worry about things we shouldn’t. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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