My beloved spiritual brothers and sisters in Christ God,
CHRIST IS IN OUR MIDST! HE WAS, IS, AND EVER SHALL BE.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ says: "Therefore I say to you, do NOT
WORRY about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor
about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and
the body more than clothing?
"…Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why
do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they
grow: they neither toil nor spin;
"…Therefore DO NOT WORRY, saying, ‘What shall we eat? … For your
heavenly Father KNOWS THAT YOU NEED ALL THESE THINGS. But
SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS,
AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED TO YOU. THEREFORE
DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW…" (Matthew 6:25-34)
A major mistake that we all make is to believe that we are in control of our lives and that we can determine the length of our life, our successes in our endeavors, and our long-term planning of what we are to achieve in the future. What this does is create anxiety, stress, ulcers, nervous breakdowns, and illness. Persistent anxiety over the things of this world demonstrates the lack of faith and trust in God, Who desires to come to our aid if we only ask and allow Him to take the lead. The Christian believer understands that we rely totally on the Providence of God for everything.
Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, teaches that we must first seek the Kingdom of God, and all the rest will be added onto us. Our life here on earth is transient and we are here for a very brief time. The things we consider important are not important at all. Our Lord teaches us that in order to be free from all anxiety, we need to look toward heaven, secure in the faith that God will provide needed earthly things.
Christians not having a good understanding of God and God’s ways, therefore, tend to panic if their prayer is not answered when they feel it should be answered. There is a lack of faith, trust, and most of all, patience. The Almighty God cannot be dictated to by us or by our immature human conditions and demands. Who are we to believe this nonsense? Wrongfully and most blasphemous is the way we treat our Creator as though He is our waiter at one of the restaurants that we attend. We give the order to our server who waits on us and we want it immediately. If we are not happy with the food, we become very upset with him or her. How very foolish we are! Don’t you understand that even when God does not answer us, that is actually an answer from Him to us? What we ask may seem good to us, but to God’s Divine Wisdom may actually be harmful to us. We must trust in His Wisdom and Providence.
The believer never desires or declares independence from the Lord. Spiritual maturity dictates that the closer our union is with Him, the more dependent we become on Him, and not less. We become like children who are totally dependent on their parents for everything. God is not constrained by time. Time has no effect on God, but only on us. Minutes, hours, weeks, months, years, eons have absolutely no importance to Him Who created time. So, although a day, a month, a year, or more seems too long to wait for an answer from Him, it is really not. God is timeless! Don’t worry. He will answer you at His appropriate time, and not yours.
Humans worry about everything all the time. However, those with common sense come to realize that it doesn’t produce anything good other than to raise your blood pressure. Christians do everything by prayer. No decision is made without seeking God’s guidance. Knowing our shortcomings and limitations, we turn to the One Who loves us for advice and direction. God knows our past, present, and future. We must finally admit to ourselves that we are NOT a mystery to our Lord. Speaking to Jeremiah the Prophet, the Lord said: "Before I formed you in the womb, I KNEW YOU, AND BEFORE YOU WERE BORN, I SANCTIFIED YOU" (Jeremiah 1:5). Man needs God in his life and should always seek His wisdom with patience before a decision is made by us.
Our Divine Creator has given us free will and the ability to make sound choices in life. Our problem is that we are overwhelmed by life’s many challenges and, out of fear, we are not able to make the necessary decisions and act responsibly. The tendency is to place ourselves in a box and to feel trapped. However, with prayer and patience, we will find ourselves free from any obstacle and continue with our lives. The genuine believer never gives up and is never discouraged from what life dishes out. Faith in God produces hope (optimism) and courage needed in every situation that we face. Life can be a battlefield that demands readiness, vigilance, maturity, wisdom, sacrifice, and the willingness "to fight the good fight" and win.
Good Christians see God’s hand in everything. He is an eyewitness to the many blessings God has given him or her over a lifetime. He or she is thankful and never neglects to express to Him how he or she appreciates all that God has done. The faithful who understand that fact and feel God’s presence in his/her life can never become despondent nor feel abandoned by God. God is ever-present and "fillest all things; Treasury of good things and Giver of Life…" will never leave us. Our relationship with Him is one of unconditional love that no power on earth can ever change.
THANKS BE TO GOD!
"Glory Be To GOD