Friday, June 11, 2010

Fear is not Worth the Worry

At a time when our country was suffering great difficulties a newly elected President said, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” When President Franklin D. Roosevelt said these words he wasn’t trying to boost faith in God, admittedly. In the Gospel our Lord says, “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.” (Matthew 6.32-33)

We gain nothing by worrying. Anxiety cannot heal us. It cannot put food on our table. It cannot put gas in our car. It cannot pay our bills for us. On the other hand doctors have shown us that anxiety DOES put stress on our hearts and can cause high blood pressure and a number of other physical illnesses. Jesus said, “Which of you by your worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (Matthew 6.27) God has promised to take care of our needs when we choose to obey Him and follow Him.

Our role in our relationship with God is not to sit back and let God pour blessing over us, but to follow Him to His kingdom and to love Him. President Roosevelt led our country into action to work and rebuild a struggling society in 1933 which despite his efforts continues to struggle today. God has sent His Son to lead us into action and rebuild our struggling faith and promises that when we follow Him all our needs will be met and we will inherit eternal life. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” (Matthew 6.33)

Fear not…have faith instead!

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