Why should I worry?
Why should I care?
I don’t know if many of you know this, but I’m a Disnerd. For those of you who don’t know what that means, I become a huge nerd when I start talking about anything Disney related. I have at least a dozen favorite Disney movies, ranging from oldies like The Sword in the Stone to newer films like Tangled and Lilo and Stitch. A side-effect of my obsession with the wonderful world of Disney is that I fall in love with the soundtracks as well. One of my all-time favorite Disney songs comes from the adorable 1988 movie, Oliver & Company, where a street-savvy dog named Dodger (played by Billy Joel), dances around New York City singing a song entitled “Why Should I Worry?”.
As you can see, the scene above is pretty epic; however, we as humans cannot find peace through obtaining street savoir-faire like Dodger. So, how can we possibly obtain peace in this chaotic world?
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Jesus tells us plainly in the book of John that He gives us peace, and that we shouldn’t feel worried or afraid of the things to come. We obtain peace through Jesus Christ by accepting Him as our Savior. When we accept Jesus as our Savior, He washes away our sins, and we stand as a new person before Him. Peace is ultimately found by continually seeking Jesus, reading God’s word, and praying. Nevertheless, those things are easier said than done if we are going through perilous times or hardships. So, when we’re in a desperate situation where there seems as if there is no hope, how can we clear our minds of anxiety?
Yes, faith. It’s one simple little word bursting at the seams with meaning. The truth is, a lot of the time we’re not going to look to Jesus or God for help as our first instinct. Society tells us that we are to act independently, and that we should not rely on faith in our “mythical father in the sky” (insert eye-roll here at that vastly overused description) to get us through hard times. As Christians, we have to train ourselves to seek God’s guidance in everything that we do, because we are dead-set on trying to fix everything on our own. But we can’t. Some things are just out of our control, and we need something or someone bigger than ourselves to solve our problem. The only being that has the ability to solve the seemingly unsolvable is God. The only way to rid yourself of overpowering anxiety for the unknown outcome is through faith.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”
So then there’s the question:
“How can we show our faith in God?”
Simple, old chaps. We talk to Him through prayer. We read our Bibles. We obey His commandments. I probably sound like a broken record as I know I’ve repeated these three instructions like a mantra in previous blog posts, but this is what He calls us to do. Most importantly however, we have to put our faith to the test. When something comes our way that makes us question our reliance on God, that’s when we must rise up to the occasion, pushing our faith to extreme lengths. God doesn’t help people who doubt Him, nor does He help people who choose to not acknowledge the blessings He has in store for us. God rewards people who have faith in Him, that’s it.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Whether you’re worrying about a tough exam coming up, a difficult game where your teammates are relying on you to perform well, or a terminal disease, having faith in God will give you peace. As Romans 16:20 states, the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. Whatever Satan is throwing at you can never be bad enough that God won’t be able to fix it. Life is not going to be easy, for worldly people nor Christians. Christians don’t live in a bubble that protects them from hardships; we go through tough times just like everyone else. The main aspect that sets Christians apart from the rest of the world is that we rely on God to solve our problems. Reliance, or faith, in God and His promise through Jesus Christ is the only thing that keeps me going, and the only source true source of peace. Worrying for the world is petty, whereas maintaining faith in God is freeing.
Be free in faith my friends!
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