If you had to produce a top-ten list of modern problems, Worry would have to be in the top five. We are a worrying nation.
We worry about global warming and the price of oil. We worry about terrorism and the growing national debt. We worry about health. Some worry about their children. Other’s worry about their parents. You worry about having enough, and then you worry about not having as much as someone else, and then you worry about paying for what you have.
We worry a ton, and all that worry is having some unhealthy effects. Blood pressure is up and contentment is down. The top three prescription drugs in America treat high blood pressure, acid reflux, and depression. Something’s wrong with our approach to life!
Let me give you the key to unlock the cycle of worry: it’s called faith. Faith is trusting God to do what he promised. God said “I will not leave you or forsaken you. I will take care of your needs.” You have to trust him to do what he says.
Mike Smith, one of our deacons, has a grandson named Parker Harris. When Parker was four years old, he loved to eat popcorn with Papaw Mike. Parker also wanted a puppy more than anything, but his mom and dad weren’t so excited about the idea. They didn’t want to break his heart, so Parker’s mom tried to put him off. “Someday we will get one,” she said.
One day little Parker was talking with a neighbor who had a dog. Parker said, “I have a dog too.”
“You do? What’s his name?”
“Popcorn. I named him that because me and Papaw love popcorn.”
Later Parker’s mother asked him, “Why’d you say that? you don’t have a dog?”
He replied, “Yes I do, you told me you were getting me one. I just haven’t met him yet.”
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for the substance of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)
Guess what? That next Christmas, Papaw Mike presented his grandson with a brand new puppy. Everyone already knew its name. Popcorn.
What are you worried about today?
Let me give you a verse from Matthew 6:
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Have a good day today. Trust God with the things you are worried about.