Day 182: Can you rest? (July 1)

This morning I had a thought, “Are you able to rest when life is peaceful or are you always looking for trouble?”

Some time ago, I noticed that when life got peaceful, I would start worrying that something was going to go wrong soon.  I was always expecting the worst.  Never fully able to rest.  It’s a terrible way to live.

Today, I am learning to rest in the goodness.  Our lives need not be full of drama, trials and toil.  We are not designed to live worried lives.

“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?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the flowers of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will He not much more clothe you- you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  Matthew 6:25-34

That should convince us, but I can still hear people saying, “I’m just a worrier, that’s who I am.”  Well, it may be how you act, but it is certainly not how you were created to be.  God doesn’t need or want your worry.  Your worry has never made anything good happen.  Worry is not from God.

I’m going to wrap up this devotional with a few more verses about worry, and then I challenge you to assess your heart.  If you are a chronic worrier, don’t you want to learn how to live in peace?  I sure do.  Blessings to you friends.  May you find the heart of Peace.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.  His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:6-7

So don’t worry, because I am with you.  Don’t be afraid, because I am your God.  I will make you strong and will help you; I will support you with my right hand that saves you.  Isaiah 41:10

Cast your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.  1 Peter 5:7

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  John 14:27