January 18, 2019

Life Under the Sun

I know the old proverb:
"Worry is a conversation you have with yourself about things you cannot change. Prayer is a conversation you have with God about things He can change."

True...but I sometimes entertain and experience anxiety, worry, doubt, dread, trepidation and fear. Trust me - I do know what the Bible says about these emotions and expressions of them. But I also realize that sometimes life can overwhelm us.
I know that some of you who are reading this have some big issues that could lead you from mild concern to gut wrenching fear as you pass through levels of anxiety, doubt and dread.

I know of those who have just buried a spouse, endured a stillbirth, been hospitalized with a port to receive medicine that might kill them, only to hope that it saves their life. Others are providing care for a loved one with no end in sight, while others are waiting for the next thing to go wrong. And then there are those who are rejoicing today being in remission and hoping and praying it stays that way.
These are not lighthearted issues.
Many are or will become life and death issues. Sometimes we feel that we are sentenced to death and sometimes we feel we are sentenced to "life." All of this is what comes upon us as we live out our lives "under the sun" and experience what the author of Ecclesiastes calls "life" which amounts to - "vanity, vanity...all is vanity."
How do we live under these circumstances?
We are to see life and live life under a different viewpoint-- a different perspective. (See James 1:2-5) It is a faith perspective with a view that sees God in all His glorious splendor and His sovereign and providential control, in spite of the difficulties and the fears that surround us in this life. For as it has been said before and must be remembered each day;
Faith is not about everything turning out OK. Faith is about being OK no matter how things turn out.

Serving Him with you
Until He comes for us,