Don’t Worry!

I have always heard that our mind is a powerful thing! I believe this statement comes true when we stop to consider the root cause behind our worry. Often we will start thinking about all that could happen in life, and when we add all of the various things that our mind tells us, before you could realize the danger, you feel the onset of a panic attack, or perhaps even a nervous breakdown. The Israelites were somewhat like this as they stopped to ponder their future. Moses told them ‘DON’T WORRY’! Let’s see if these simple words impacted the Israelites, and let’s also stop to ponder how this might help us.

DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2021-07-15
WRITTEN AT: Deming, NM

SCRIPTURE FROM: Deuteronomy 1:29-31
TRANSLATION: Contemporary English Version (CEV)

BIBLE TEXT: 29 Then I (Moses) said, “Don’t worry! 30 The Lord our God will lead the way. He will fight on our side, just as he did when we saw him do all those things to the Egyptians. 31 And you know that the Lord has taken care of us the whole time we’ve been in the desert, just as you might carry one of your children.”

APPLICATION: If you haven’t ridden a bike in over 10 years, then you are suddenly presented with a bike to ride, do you suppose this might trigger a panic attack? In our Scripture today the Israelites are presented with challenges that seem very minor compared to the challenges and needs met by God on their behalf up to this point. Consider this: God worked miracle after miracle to get them out of Egypt and away from slavery; God provided food and water for them – almost a million of them, from the time they left Egypt; God protected them against the army that came after them; God turned ocean beds into hi-ways for them to cross to the other side; and on and on. Yet when they arrived at the place where they would be setting up their new home sites, they panicked and started to fret. So much so that Moses had to have a father-like talk with them and remind them of the proven power of their God. What does it take for us get over our fears and worries, dear friends? There is a long track record that easily proves to us the awesome power of our Almighty God. There are prayers that have been gloriously answered for us over the years, and we know without a shadow of doubt that our God lives, because we have seen the evidence in our lives, and in the lives of our family and friends. Yet we worry! Is it that we are looking for pity from others? Is it that we feel inferior to others that God have miraculously worked in their lives? Surely we don’t believe that God has lost his divine power? Or is it that we are afraid God might answer our prayers in a different way to that which we have instructed Him? Friends, please stop to reassure yourself of the living God that we serve, and the awesome power that is His today, tomorrow and until He calls us home to glory. The same power that we saw demonstrated in the Bible, is the same God who helped the Israelites and many others as relayed in the Bible. He’s still God and He is still available to us today dear friends. Learn to trust Him more, and stop the worrying. He can, and will, do what He promised in His Word. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Him, for He has gone to prepare a place for us. Our time here on earth is limited, but our time in heaven will be endless as we take up our new home and sing endless praises to our King! Don’t worry, God’s got this, my friend!

BLESSING(S) NOTED: The same God who has proven Himself over and over again, is still the God that we serve today. There is nothing He can’t do for us. Just trust and believe, but never worry!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I pray that just as we confidently jump into our vehicles each day knowing that we will be at work, or at church on time, we will also have that kind of confidence that our risen Lord is on the throne and ready to work miraculously all around us, for our benefit and His glory. May we always trust in You and have the faith to know that You will never leave us alone, or not take good care of us. Unfortunately, worry equals doubt. Please teach us to always keep our eyes fixed on You and not on the troubles that surround us, or on the mountains ahead. I know without a shadow of doubt that You’ve got this – us and our circumstances. Thank You loving Father for always caring for Your kids. AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading this devotional, please click on the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. Words underlined in my blog might indicate a link to a song that came to mind as I wrote the devotional. Feel free to click on the link and listen as you continue to read or pray. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and read more, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. You may also visit me on Spotify and listen to Nuggets while you’re out and about. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!

Don’t Worry, Trust God

Upon being reminded and reassured by Scripture that those who trust in Jesus, know that He can and will do what He has promised, I believe we should perhaps ponder ‘then why do Christians worry?’. Let’s examine the awesome power of our God and then the condition of our own heart to see where the gap is that causes us not to trust Him in every circumstance of life.

DATE WRITTEN: Friday, 2020-08-14
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL

BIBLE REFERENCE: Jeremiah 17:7-8
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

BIBLE TEXT: “But those who trust in the Lord will be blessed.
    They know that the Lord will do what he says.
They will be strong like trees planted near a stream
    that send out roots to the water.
They have nothing to fear when the days get hot.
    Their leaves are always green.
They never worry, even in a year that has no rain.
    They always produce fruit.

OBSERVATION: Upon being reminded and reassured by Scripture that those who trust in Jesus, know that He can and will do what He has promised, I believe we should perhaps ponder ‘then why do Christians worry?’. Let’s examine the awesome power of our God and then the condition of our own heart to see where the gap is that causes us not to trust Him in every circumstance of life.

APPLICATION: The story is told of a daring acrobat that walked across a tight cable that stretched across the Niagara Falls. After successfully walking across, he overheard some of his audience speaking of his abilities, especially after he announced that he would be pushing a wheelbarrow across next. This encouraged him to ask one of those bragging from the audience to voluntarily jump into the wheelbarrow that he would push across. But this was met with rejection as they became very frightened to put their life on the line. Is this what happens to Christians who brag on the power of God, and they boast on their faith in this awesome God, but are unwilling to trust wholeheartedly in God at critical times in their life? Friends, if we truly believe and trust in God, then I believe that we should trust in Him to: 1). Save us from our sin; 2). Deliver us from the evils of this world; 3). Protect us from harm by the evil one; 4). Guide us into all truth, according to His Word, every day; 5) Keep us strong, even when the world seems to be crashing in around us; 6) Calm our every fear to know that the King of all kings and Lord of all lords is in charge of every little, and big, thing around us; and 7) Give us a confident assurance that He is with us and guiding us through every situation, every day. Friends, I know this sounds like a long list, but I also know that it is not exhaustive. The bottom line is that we have every reason to trust God with every aspect of our lives, and to rest assured that He will be our ‘comfort and stay’ through this life and the next! Make a comparison to the trees mentioned in our Scripture today. You will be assured that when you plant your faith and trust deeply in the God that you adore, your strength will come from Him when life seems to be throwing more at you than you feel you could handle. Your peace will come from Him as you reassure yourself that no matter what the world around you is dealing with, you have a God who created the whole world and everything in it, so you know without a doubt that He could calm the stormy seas and the rioting and the hatred that seems rampant in our world. Your strength and reassurance will come from the Source to your roots, so there is no need to worry about who will be president of the U.S. after November, and who will be impacted by this pandemic, for you know who holds tomorrow and you know who holds your hand. Friends, we serve an awesome, all-powerful God. Just as Jeremiah demonstrated with the tree roots, we have no need to worry, for we shall reign victoriously here in earth, or better still, in heaven with Jesus as we bow and worship Him throughout eternity. For the unbeliever who will come across this devotional and may not feel adequate peace, like I’ve just described, please know that you too could have that same assurance. Surrender your life thru the forgiveness of sin offered by my Lord Jesus. The angels in heaven rejoice in heaven when a sinner is saved, and so will I. For help on this big decision, please read through my Footnote, and especially read the Scripture behind the link ‘To Know Jesus’. Feel free to contact me if I could be of help to you. God loves you my friend, and so do I!

PRAYER: Oh Lord, these are days that we need You more than ever before. A worldwide pandemic for which there has been no manmade cure yet, but oh how we rejoice that Christians worship and adore a God who can do all things, including healing of the afflicted. A critical election of world leaders awaits, such as the president of the United States. But in Your wisdom, You have assured Your children that only leaders approved by You who will lead so that Your will is accomplished, only those will be elected. So we have no reason to worry, and no reason to be caught up in the ugliness of politics, You are in control! Thank You for the reassurance You gave to Jeremiah to share with us – we need not worry, for You will accomplish Your will, for Your purpose, and to invoke praise and glory from Your people. We therefore rest in that assurance and thank You in advance for all that You will do in living up to Your Word! AMEN!

FOOTNOTE: There are two more pages on my blog at https://NuggetsFromGodsWord.org that will provide you with additional information, one of them being ‘To Know Jesus’. If you have been challenged to make a decision today after reading or listening to this devotional, please go to the above page, or speak with a local Bible Teaching Pastor, or contact me at NuggetsFromGodsWord@outlook.com. Please allow someone to pray with you and give you help and/or encouragement as you begin, or continue your walk with Jesus. If this devotional was forwarded to you and you would like to see more, please go to Nuggets From God’s Word and see all of my posts, or you may freely subscribe for a daily email conveniently containing each day’s devotional. I would encourage you to find a church home near by your home, and attend as frequently as you could. Get to know God, and allow His people to encourage and strengthen you in your Christian walk, while making every effort to be a blessing to them. God is at work among His people! Please consider growing in your faith, as you worship with fellow believers!