Food For Thought: God is Worth It

Sometimes things go wrong. Sometimes it feels like every day has a vendetta against you, that every person is trying to push you to the limit, that life itself is fighting to make you miserable. It’s just one thing after another, and no matter how hard you try to fight your own sour mood you keep falling down deeper and deeper into the gloom until at last you just don’t want to try anymore.

And then you wake in the morning and you know you need to read your bible, but you just don’t feel like it. What difference will it make, really? God already sees you and knows you, and He obviously is okay with your life being garbage, so what’s the point?

The point of reading your bible is not so that God will see you. It isn’t as though opening the book sends out a beacon of light and God says, “Oh look, a faithful servant! I wonder how he/she is doing today.” God already knows how you are, where you are, and most importantly He wants to be a part of your life. And aren’t these the very words of God? Consume them, they draw you closer to His throne.

The point of reading your bible isn’t to magically make you feel better, to automatically fix your life. If all you care about is being happy go watch Hallmark movies—24/7. If you’d read your bible you’d know that 1). God wants a real, deep relationship with you, 2). Your purpose is to glorify God, 3). Suffering is a part of life, and 4). God works together all things for the good of those who love Him. So, read your bible, it will help you understand the Lord and encourage you in your walk with Him.

Not everyone in the bible had everything is easy and happy. There are plenty of instances of people who shared your situation, many times ten times worse. But when they turned to God as their Rock, He helped them through it, in whatever way He saw fit to do so. David before he became king was chased by Saul for eleven years, Job suffered for ‘no apparent reason’ and the only answer he received was that God is God—and yet God blessed him all the more abundantly when the suffering came to an end.

So here is my encouraging passage for you who are having a rough day, week, month, whatever it may be. Be encouraged and go to God. He is always worth it.

 

1Vindicate me, my God,

and plead my cause

against an unfaithful nation.

Rescue me from those who are

deceitful and wicked.

2You are God my stronghold.

Why have you rejected me?

Why must I go about mourning,

oppressed by the enemy?

3Send me your light and your faithful care,

let them lead me;

let them bring me to your holy mountain,

to the place where you dwell.

4Then I will go to the altar of God,

to God, my joy and my delight.

I will praise you with the lyre,

O God, my God.

 

5Why, my soul, are you downcast?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,

for I will yet praise him,

my Savior and my God.

~Psalm 43

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Sermon on the Mount: Do not Worry

24“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. 25Therefore 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? 26Look 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? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If 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? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” ~Matthew 6

Master

The flesh

Always crying out

“I need! I need!”

Always demanding of me

What I cannot give

I’m burdened down

I’m burdened

.

I cannot satisfy

Even if I try

I cannot satisfy

You

.

Master

The LORD

Always crying out

“Follow Me! Follow Me!”

Always carrying me forward

Down to my knees

I must obey Him now

I must obey

.

He says He can satisfy

All that I need

He can satisfy

Me

.

Look up to the sky

See the birds

Flying high

They do not worry

About tomorrow

They take life

One day at a time

Is not life of more worth

Than food?

And yet your Heavenly Father

He feeds every one of them

How much more

Will He feed you

You of little faith?

Seek His kingdom out

Seek it out

.

Look down at your feet

See the grass

Twirled in the ground

They do not worry about tomorrow

They have no concept of time

They are here today

Gone tomorrow

Is not the body of more worth

Than clothing?

And yet Your Heavenly Father

Clothes them in splendor

In the flowers of the field

How much more will He clothe you

Oh you of little faith?

Seek out His righteousness

Seek it out

.

Yes, there will be troubles for you

Tomorrow

Yes, there will be need

But focus first on God glorified

He will make your way straight

Do not burden yourself with worry

He will provide

He will provide

And do not worry

That you He will despise

For all the wrong you’ve done

You He has chosen as His own

His very own

And He can never despise His own

Seek first His kingdom come

And His righteousness

He will provide

You are precious in His eyes

He will provide

For you

~

“31So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. 32Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— 33even as I try to please everyone in every way. For I am not seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they may be saved.” ~1 Corinthians 10

“8Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, 9for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained. 10Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory.

11Here is a trustworthy saying:

If we died with him, we will also live with him; 12if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; 13if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” ~ 2 Timothy 2

“16So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

19The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.

22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. 26Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” ~Galatians 5

Honor the Lord

6“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery… 11“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” ~ Deuteronomy 5

Out of slavery

You came out of darkness

You cried out and I

The LORD your God

Heard and answered you

I saved you

.

Who in heaven

Or on the earth

Is like the Living God?

The Egyptian gods

Could not stop My power

And you followed Me

Out of the dark land

.

Why do you despise Me now

My dear children?

Why curse with My Holy Name?

You treat as worthless

That which formed you

You trample in the dirt

That which had compassion

On you

You do this by falsely worshipping Me

You do this by not surrendering to Me

.

Am I

The Holy One

Worthless?

Am I

The Eternal One

Useless?

Was it I who tempted you

In the garden of Eden?

Was it I who lied to you

With forked tongue?

Was I unjust to be wrathful

Destroying the earth in a flood?

Was I cruel

When I let Noah live?

When he saw the rainbow in the sky

Did he curse My Name?

Did he hear My voice

And shrug his shoulders?

.

At My voice the earth was formed

At My Name

The nations tremble

When I say “I AM”

Armed men fall down and tremble

What I say will come to pass

And no one can change it

I have mercy on whom I have mercy

And justice on those I have justice

Who can make Me worthless

Who is not themselves meaningless?

.

I will judge the one

Who curses My Name

I will make desolate

The one who tramples Me in the mud

.

But for the sake of My Name

I have chosen some to glorify Me

They will know Me

And honor Me

And I will lead them on to Life

My Name provides all you need

My Name is the way to righteousness

Cling to Me

There is nothing left to fear

Only be holy

As I AM

~

3So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons.  4Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”  5“Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied.  “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) 6When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground.” ~John 18

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1The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.  2He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3he refreshes my soul.  He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.  4Even though I walk through the darkest valley,a I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” ~Psalm 23

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6“A son honors his father, and a slave his master. If I am a father, where is the honor due me? If I am a master, where is the respect due me?” says the Lord Almighty.  “It is you priests who show contempt for my name.

“But you ask, ‘How have we shown contempt for your name?’

7“By offering defiled food on my altar.

“But you ask, ‘How have we defiled you?’

“By saying that the Lord’s table is contemptible. 8When you offer blind animals for sacrifice, is that not wrong? When you sacrifice lame or diseased animals, is that not wrong? Try offering them to your governor! Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?” says the Lord Almighty.  9“Now plead with God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?”—says the Lord Almighty.” ~Malachi 1