Calm yourself

Nov

23

2022

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Yesterday I wrote of the many trials that my wife and I were undergoing and how my approach was to just remain calm and work my way through them fully expecting that things would work out. Well, this morning all those problems have been solved, and it turns out I was right.

I coined a phrase one time, “Work don’t worry” and I have used it throughout my life. There are many aphorisms like this that people love to quote. Not surprisingly some are peppered with references to God and therefore some presume the quotations are Biblical. One example is, “God helps those who help themselves.” Wrong! There is nothing in the Bible that even remotely suggests or resembles this. This quote originated in ancient Greece and is thought to be a fable or proverb of that day. Benjamin Franklin later used it in his writings. Unfortunately, for many, this aphorism has been accepted as one of God’s commandments; however, it is the antithesis of what God commands of us and, instead, it is an ode to self-reliance and humanism.

 What God does say is Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

You see it is all about our approach to God being in control versus us being in control. What appears to be a daunting task for us is child’s play for Him. This is not to say that we should turn it over to God and go in the living room and watch television. We need to do our part as His chosen vessel to perform the work. And we need to have faith that God will bless our hard work.

 Paul wrote

  • Colossians 3:23 – And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.”
  • 1 Corinthians 9:24 – All run, but one receives the prize. Run in such a way that you may obtain it.
  • Philippians 4:13 – I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

All these verses point to the importance of using all your God-given abilities to do your best. But at what point do you allow God to do the rest? When are you exhausted? When are you injured or incapacitated? No, you allow God to work from the very beginning. Before you do your best, commit your effort to the Lord. He promises to accomplish His purpose through you.

A few years back I wrote about this subject and one of my faithful readers a computer graphics design artist sent the following:

Stop trying to calm the storms of life and instead calm yourself.

After all these years I still love this photo and its simple but powerful message. Thank you, Bill Malone of Valdosta GA!

Above all, we must have faith and trust in the Lord. He loves us and wants only the best for us and certainly means us no harm. We just need to stay calm and Work– Don’t worry! (After committing all that we do to the Lord.

Ephesians 3:18
And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

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