I get down, he lifts me up. I get down, he lifts me up…
Words from an Audio Adrenalin song from a few years ago. I think of it today as I sit to tell you about my car dilemma.
I talked about this in our time together on Sunday AM. Here is the short of it: We have a Grand Cherokee, a Comanche and GSXR 1100. All 3 have mechanical issues. The bike doesn’t run at all. The Comanche’s transfer case is blown up. And the Grand needs tires and brakes ( I thought) as well as an oil change. Which reminds me, let me check craigslist right fast… Nothing yet (still looking for a car for Ronda).
But here is what I have concluded, even though yesterday I didn’t do a good job of being able to live this out.
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
What I realize is when I let things like the cars I drive consume me and ruin my day I am putting too much trust in the things that I have and not enough trust in God. Worry is fundamentally a distrust of God. When I worry about the things that I have no control over, I don’t trust God to handle it and to take care of it.
Yesterday, I worried and I didn’t God handle it. What does look like? It looks like anger, frustration and being a turd to those around me. Does this help? Not really, in fact it hurts. It burns the bridges of relationships that take so long to build. I don’t like it when I act this way.
james 2:14 says, What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? One of the things that James is getting to is that if we profess faith in God, we have to back it up with actions. If I say I trust God to care for me, then I need to live my life like I trust that and not run around being angry and mad every time something doesn’t go my way. LIfe is full of special activities that don’t go the way we want them to. Is that reason to be mad at God and the world? No, it is reason to be mad at Satan for introducing the concept of sin into the world in the first place. Our anger is almost always misplaced. Sure be angry, but be angry at the right person. Not God, (Colossians 1:17, He is before all things, and in him all things hold together) But at Satan, (Genesis 3 he introduces the idea of not trusting God).
Where do we go from here? Ecclesiastes 12:13 sums it all up:
Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
for this is the whole duty of man.