A couple of weeks ago and what prompted me to dwell on these verses from Jesus, someone said to me, “You don’t ever seem to worry.”
I hadn’t thought about it before. I was worried that I didn’t know whether I worried!
I know I get tired. I know I get annoyed. I know so many things about me that I wouldn’t want to put in print. But the truth is, I don’t seem to go through those bouts of anxiety that cripple some. It isn’t because life has been easy and I have had everything I have ever wanted. But I think it is because of what I have been sharing in these last several days in writing things down.
I remember one season of my life as a Pastor of a church I was feeling pressure to be somebody; I was worrying about the church income; there were criticism coming in; I faced a tribunal from someone who shared the ministry with me; and I knew anxiety was taking over. So on the door of my study I had written down lots of verses of what the Bible said God is and who I am; I wrote down my decisions, my value, what I knew to be true, my self-awareness of who I was, the person I wanted to be, the evidence that God cared for me and what I needed. I thought if Habakkuk had to write it down (2:2) then so should I.
In our next verse, after telling us not to worry about what we need, Jesus says, “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” (Matthew 6 v 32)
The Message says, “People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.”
In battling those anxious, worrying thoughts, there is nothing better than the Word of God. If Jesus used it in his temptations then surely we should too!
So here are some of the things on the back of my study door which I have still kept in my files. Here are some of the things I would read before I opened the door to face my world at that time.
THIS IS WHO I WORSHIP TODAY ….
Jehovah-tsidkenu (Jer 23:5-6 God our righteousness) = This name reveals how only He can restore me to Himself.
Jehovak-m’kaddesh (Lev 20:8 The Lord who sanctifies) = He lives within me to empower me to live a holy life.
Jehovah-Shalom (judges 6:24 God is Peace) = God has brought peace and contentment and satisfaction between Himself and me.
Jehovah-Rophe (Isaiah 53 God heals) = He cures or heals me not only in physical terms but spiritual and moral)
Jehovah-Jireh (Genesis 22:14 The Lord who sees) = He knows my needs and makes provision.
Jehovah-nissi (Exodus 17:18 God my banner) = God is my battle deliverer.
Jehovah-rohi (Psalm 23 God my Shepherd) = He feeds, leads, protects and cares for me.
THIS IS WHO I AM FOLLOWING TODAY?
He is Spirit – He has no body, Therefore He is invisible.
He is Changeless – He is no different today to how He was 2000 years ago, 4000 years ago to the beginning of time.
He is Omnipotent – God never uses the word impossible. His power is unlimited.
He is Omniscient – He is a know it all. He knows everything.
He is Omnipresent – He can never be confined to one place. He is everywhere.
He is transcendent – He is beyond and not contained by what He has created.
He is eternal – God sees all the picture. Sees the past, present and future time.
He is Holy – He is different and separate to anything else.
He is Love – He loved and gave His Son.
He is Wisdom – He does the right thing in the right way at the right time for the right purpose.
THIS IS WHO IS ABOVE, BEYOND, BEHIND AND ALONGSIDE ME TODAY
Psalm 8 – He has set the moon and stars in place
Psalm 29 – The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.
Psalm 33 – He gathers the waters of the sea into jars.
Psalm 46 – He has brought desolations on the earth
Psalm 47 – He reigns over the nations
Psalm 68 – The chariots of God are tens of thousands and thousands of thousands
Psalm 89 – ‘who is like you O Lord God Almighty?’
Psalm 93 – You are from all eternity
Psalm 97 – Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side.
Psalm 68:35 You are awesome O God in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people.
Where is He? = In His Sanctuary
Where is He? – In this Church
Where is He? = In my life
1 John 4:4 HE that is in ME is greater than he that is in the world.
It didn’t mean that I didn’t ask for wisdom to make the right decisions. We have to take responsibility for our lives and be good stewards. We need accountability to talk to friends about what we are doing. But I found that the more I knew about my Heavenly Father the less I worried.
Write it down … I hope it helps you as it has me.