Bible Ballistics: BBs #190 Too Blessed To Be Stressed???
Some years ago a friend gave me a pin-on button that had this slogan on it, and I thought it was most appropriate, for we are blessed beyond measure. But are we living in the ‘blessing’ or the ‘stressing’? It’s a choice—I can rest in my Father God who holds me in His hands or I can allow the world and it’s allures to run me into a frenzy. How do we choose the blessing instead of the stressing? First and foremost we must keep our focus–“Looking unto Jesus”!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3
I love this passage! It reminds me that the best cure for stress is rehearsing the goodness and faithfulness of our God. The writer of the letter to the ‘Hebrews’ reminds us of this by calling us to take comfort and find assurance for confidence from the testimonies of those who have gone before us trusting and finding God faithful (it’s in the BOOK). He never fails! And, since HE never fails, then I can overcome the world! How? By laying “aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us” and running “with patience the race that is set before us”. Not being run here and there, hither and yon by the call of the “world”, but by “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith”. It’s all about HIM not me, and in HIM I find the courage and reassurance to run the race by resting in HIM. Not by laying down on the job, but by having the calm assurance that Jesus has gone before me and my goal is to follow HIS example, “for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame”!!! Jesus endured the cross, He did the will of His Father in this crazy world, and if you’ll examine His life you’ll find that He never rushed—He just keep on doing the will of His Father in HIS timing, not forced into the mold of the world. He endured because He knew this world is certainly NOT ALL THERE IS! And because He overcame and ‘endured’ that cross for me, He is now “set down at the right hand of the throne of God”, and there “he ever liveth to make intercession”. We are not alone when we belong to Jesus!!! YOU are not alone!!! Trust Him! Rest in Him! Look in the word for those others who have walked where you are walking victoriously IN HIM.
There is a special person who trusted in the faithfulness of God in vibrant colors of faith and confidence, and that’s Job. The first time you read through the book of Job, it’s a real chore, it’s not the easiest thing to read, but the more you read it the more you love it, seeing the confident faith of this man that stood fast in the storm. And what a storm! And with such friends! We can all relate to that. Job lost everything in one day, yet look at his response of faithfulness:
“Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, 21 And said, Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. 22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.” Job 1:20-22
Job worshipped and blessed the Lord—he chose to remember what he knew– the trustworthiness of his God!! How about us? Are we so “God-reliant” that when the bottom falls out, we know who holds us? When the world seems to be crashing in around us, do we know who controls the outcome? We can stand in confident reliance on the faithful God Almighty.
And we can live with confidence because our dependence is on our God who holds us, not on our ability to hold Him!! He has promised to “never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” And because of that: “we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” (See Hebrews 13:5-6)
So??? We can live in confidence because we are “too blessed to be stressed”!!! Let’s not settle for less than we have in JESUS!!! He can do HIS work in us—He will do HIS work in YOU, if you will but trust HIM in faith. He IS faithful!!!
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
So that we can:“…. hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised😉” Hebrews 10:23
So look up, walk forward knowing that YOU are blessed. Don’t be stressed!!!