I feel like I write about this all the time but it seems like all we do as a Church is worry and let’s face it, worrying gets us nowhere.
Think about it. When in your life has worry actually accomplished anything? In my life worrying never accomplishes anything. I can worry all I want but worry doesn’t change the outcome. All worrying does is cause anxiety and waste energy.
When the Church worries the same thing is true.
The Church right now is living in a state of anxiety and we are wasting energy discussing and debating all of our worries for the future. Sinking into the worry and allowing it to consume us has not propelled us forward. It has prevented us from visioning or making plans because we are worried of what might happen and we’re not focused on what is happening.
In my reading this morning I ran across this statement in 1 Chronicles 28:20, where David tells his son Solomon not to worry but instead to “…Be strong and of good courage, and act. Do not be afraid or dismayed; for the Lord my God is with you…” What I loved about this was that David reminds Solomon to act. Not to get caught up in other things but to be strong, of good courage and act. When we worry we fail to act. When we worry we think about what might happen but we don’t act in the present.
It’s time to act. To be the Church. To stop worrying about the future and start thinking about the present. It’s a tough time to be the Church. Decisions need to be made. Choices are going to be difficult. Things must change. All of that is hard to do but worrying about outcomes and wondering what’s going to happen doesn’t make it any less necessary.
I know it’s difficult. We really don’t know where we are going but we aren’t the first people to have no clue what lay ahead. The Israelites had to trust that God would lead them. The Apostles waited in faith for the Holy Spirit to arrive. Countless others have waited on God and now it’s our turn. We are in a time of transition but as David reminded his son when he passed the torch “…the Lord my God is with you…”. We aren’t alone in this. God is with us.
When we give in to worry we cease relying on God. We must have faith. We have to trust that God is leading us somewhere.
Worrying gets us nowhere.
As David reminded Solomon, God is with us and we must act.
God is indeed with us. Are you ready for action?
How are you going to let go of worry?