Worry is like a volleyball

  
Worry is like a volleyball. 

When problems come, we need to take the worry, give it a good whack and send it off. When the volleyball comes our way, if we grab it and hold on to it our team loses the point. In the same way, if we hold on to our worries and meditate on them, we lose the point of it all and head toward defeat. 

Rather, when we see that worry come back at us full speed, we must raise our hands and with all our strength send it flying. 

And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? (Matthew 6:27 ESV)

That which is impossible for God is possible for men.

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That which is impossible for God. Possible for men? 

Oops! You may think that I got a bit confused with quoting Luke 18:27 –

“And he (Jesus) said, ‘The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.’ “

But no, I meant it exactly the way I put it. 

Think about it… is anything impossible for God? The quick answer would be no – He can do anything. But while it is true that He has all power, He cannot do anything contrary to His character. So we could make a list of things that He cannot do:

  • God cannot lie.
  • God cannot cheat.
  • God cannot be unfaithful.
  • God cannot be fooled. 
  • God cannot fail.

And the list could go on. You may notice that people can do all those things. And they do.

But our problems begin when we make God in our image. That often happens when a person has had a father or other authority figure that has done the things listed above. It is too easy to define God in terms of people that we have known, that we can see. Rather, we need to spend time getting to know Him personally so that we may be transformed into His image.

I find great comfort in considering the things that are impossible for God. Each of His impossibilities cancels one of my impossibilities. When I feel trapped with no way out – I have reached the end of my own ability – He is strong. He is faithful. He is true. He loves me and will rescue me without failing.

When it is impossible for me to be strong, it is impossible for Him to be weak; and He infuses His strength into me. 

Which of God’s impossibilities has been a source of strength for you?

 

How to be ruled by peace

Col. 3:15-16  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

What does the word rule mean, noun or verb? As a noun it means a prescribed guide for conduct or action; a standard of judgment. As a verb, it means to exert control, direction or influence on someone.  We must allow the peace of God to guide our conduct and actions; we must permit this peace to control, direct, and influence our decisions. This means that we can trust the peace of God to guide us in all of our decisions and activities. As we pray for guidance, this peace surpasses our understanding and reason and guards our hearts (Phil. 4: 6-7). Whenever we are faced with the choice of following either our reasoning or the peace within us, the peace of God must be our guide.

The next verse gives us the means for establishing  these rules in our hearts; we also must permit the Word of Christ to dwell in our heart in abundance. This does not happen automatically; but here we have an easy and pleasant way to allow this Word to penetrate our heart and stay in our thoughts.  Using music – whether it be songs we learn or melodies we make up – we can give the Word an opportunity to fill our thoughts and be available to us at the moment that we need to make even the smallest decision.

Both the peace and the melodies are to be a shared experience: one body; one another. Each part of the body of believers has something that another part needs. This is one of the most important functions of our meeting together: the mutual building up of the body, strengthening the weaker parts. Considering this, it becomes more obvious that “church music” – however we want to label it – has a much more important function than just attracting people to our meetings, and even more than just expressing our worship to God. (Biblically, worship should be expressed in other forms as well.)

Let us keep this in mind as we choose what background music to have in our minds as we go through the day. Our Father wants to guide every step we take, and He has given us the means to know His will in every moment.