It was an extremely stressful time, at my husband’s place of employment, a few weeks ago. Employees were becoming unemployed left and right. Two thirds of the employees were losing their jobs. Everyone was wondering if they were included in that fraction. Worry was definitly in the air.
Their mindset determined their behavior as they waited to discover the fate of their employment status. Some were physically ill; throwing up. Some were angry. Some were surprised and others were not so surprised. Some were hopeful while others were nervous. There was undeniably a smorgasbord of feelings and emotions on display that day.
My husband had a different attitude concerning the situation. He cleaned his office thinking if he was losing his job he didn’t want to leave it dirty for the next person. Then he sat down at his desk and proceeded to get plenty of work done. Everyone else was preoccupied so he had more time for completing tasks.
Most other employees were busy roaming around discussing what might happen to them. They couldn’t understand how my husband could sit at his desk and work while being surrounded by chaos and uncertainty. His attitude was, “If I lose my job, I lose my job. That is something that is out of my control. And it doesn’t change the fact that work has to be done today.”
Was worrying about the situation going to help the employees keep their jobs? Was making themselves so sick with worry, that they were physically ill, going to secure their positions? Was walking around talking about possible scenarios going to insure their employment?
No! All of those things were a waste of precious time and energy. None of those actions were going to change the decisions that had already been made before members from corporate had arrived that day. Their employment status had already been decided.
Matthew 6:25,27,32,34 “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? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?Your heavenly Father knows that you need these things. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
When we see man as our provider instead of God as our provider, worry can and will easily set in. The world’s perspective is opposite from God’s perspective.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.
The only way to change your way of thinking, to coincide with God’s way of thinking, is by reading, listening and studying God’s word (the bible) and by praying; asking God to give you understanding of His word and asking Him to help you see things from His perspective.
Faith is the opposite of fear. Fear results in worry. Faith results in peace and joy.
Romans 10:17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Jesus.
When we know the creator and sustainer of heaven and earth; we don’t have to worry. Things don’t always turn out the way we think they should but they are no surprise to God. God has a plan and a purpose for all that He allows. He uses even the things that we perceive to be negative for our good and His glory. Therefore, worry is useless and pointless.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.
Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Instead of making ourselves sick with worry, lets make better use of our precious time, spending it in prayer and trusting our all powerful, all knowing Heavenly Father. The creator and sustainer of all, knows what’s best for us. We just need to trust Him.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.
Prayer for salvation: Dear God, I know I am a sinner, and I ask for your forgiveness. I believe Jesus Christ is Your Son. I believe that He died for my sin and that You raised Him to life. I want to trust Him as my Savior and follow Him as Lord, from this day forward. Guide my life and help me to do Your will. I pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.