Tuesday’s Torch 573
February 4, 2020
From the time I started doing this devotional, I have shared a lot. In many cases maybe I have overshared. As I’ve dealt with a lot of difficult challenges I have very often poured thoughts and ideas and inspiration and guidance I received that was applicable to my specific needs in the hopes that they may also help each of you. Maybe they have and maybe they haven’t, it’s not for me to judge but I hope the messages have been received in love as I intended.
This week will be a bit more of the same perhaps. As I have been working through each of my weaknesses to try and get rid of them one at a time, one of the biggest ones and hardest ones so far to work through has been anxiety. I used to think that the amount I worried and overthought everything was normal. And then when I became a father and that worry went into overdrive and found another level, again I thought it was typical. It’s apparently not. I mean I overthink so much. It is ridiculous. I’m sure of those who are tuning in, maybe there are others who deal with this issue as well. If so, please know that I understand, and you are definitely not alone in the fight.
Now as I have been seeking help in multiple ways to take care of this issue I also turned to the following set of scriptures to try and get even more help.
From Luke 12:24-32:
24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls?
25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?
26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you, O ye of little faith?
29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind.
30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”
So in light of those verses I will be attempting to spend less time worrying. But first off, I don’t feel like these verses are telling us to not be prepared. It is saying not to worry incessantly or doubt everything and especially not to spend massive amounts of our energy and attention focused on things we can’t change. The Savior used height as an example. What good would it be to spend tons of time worrying and stressing over how tall or short you are? We all probably have our own things we spend time overthinking. Sometimes they may be trivial but sometimes they can be really big and important things, things that are valid causes of concern or sources of pain.
The main thing to remember is to have faith. As we seek to serve the Lord and to live righteously, the things that need to be resolved in this life will be resolved in this life, and the things that aren’t will be taken care of when that time comes in the hereafter.
Here’s the tough part though. That is so much easier said than done. Especially if you have some things going on that make it harder to relax. But I know that the efforts we each make to better ourselves and to work through all of our problems, and especially the efforts we make to be righteous are worth it! May we all focus on those things that really matter and that we have control over.
And all those things we stress and worry over needing, God knows we need those things. He knows what we want as well. Let us offer up some and even all of our deepest concerns to our Father in Heaven. After all, He has a much better chance of sorting through all of that than we do anyway. So let us all practice more faith and hopefully worry a little less. By all means, fix what you can fix and make changes that you need to make and can accomplish, get professional help as needed, but also trust God to help us. He knows what we need and He will help.
Of this I testify, In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!
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