Water for the Thirsty
Weekly Devotional

Water for the Thirsty

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Weekly Devotional

‘As the deer pants for streams of water so my soul pants for you, O God’. (Psalm 42:1)
‘…Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, "If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink”…’ (John 7:37)

19th August 2012

All of us worry at some time and some people worry all the time. We worry about many personal things – our health, our family, work, money. And we worry about major things like unemployment, terrorism and the environment.

Perhaps you’ve seen the poster that said, 'Don't worry, it may never happen', and across it someone had scrawled, 'It already has. What do I do now'?

Of course there are real problems, difficulties and heartaches, and it is then that we need a friend. Not someone who will cause our troubles to evaporate - life isn't like that. We need someone who will listen and understand.

We must remember that worrying is choosing not to trust God.

Simon Patrick, who lived between 1625–1707, said, ‘It is distrust of God to be troubled about what is to come; impatience against God to be troubled with what is present; and anger at God to be troubled for what is past.’

Anger and worry are two very destructive emotions. They reveal a lack of faith that God loves us and is in control. We should not worry; instead, we should trust in God, giving ourselves to him for his use and safekeeping.

When you dwell on your problems, you will become anxious and angry. But if you concentrate on God and his goodness, you will find peace. We cannot remove worry until we replace it with something better - prayer.

As the Apostle Paul says,

‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.’ (Philippians 4:6–7)

The best friend that any of us can have is Jesus. He knows all about life. He has been there, done that, got the scars. And we can talk to Him any time.

The apostle Peter gave us some good advice in 1 Peter 5:7,

‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.’

I know it sounds just too easy, too trite, but it does work.

Try it and see.

Worry is like an exercise bike. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere.

As Jesus himself said,

‘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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 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—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’ (Matthew 6:25–34)

Bob Marley was right when he sung,

in every life we have some trouble,
when you worry you make it double
don't worry, be happy

Have a good week being happy and not worrying.

Pastor Barry

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