Don’t worry, Be Happy!

7/4/2006 12:48 PM

Oswald Chambers – My Utmost for His Highest

July 4

One of God’s Great “Don’ts”

Psalm  37:8 (Psa_37:8)

        Fretting means getting ourselves “out of joint” mentally or spiritually. It is one thing to say, “Do not fret,” but something very different to have such a nature that you find yourself unable to fret. It’s easy to say, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him” (Psa_37:7) until our own little world is turned upside down and we are forced to live in confusion and agony like so many other people. Is it possible to “rest in the Lord” then? If this “Do not” doesn’t work there, then it will not work anywhere. This “Do not” must work during our days of difficulty and uncertainty, as well as our peaceful days, or it will never work. And if it will not work in your particular case, it will not work for anyone else. Resting in the Lord is not dependent on your external circumstances at all, but on your relationship with God Himself.

        Worrying always results in sin. We tend to think that a little anxiety and worry are simply an indication of how wise we really are, yet it is actually a much better indication of just how wicked we are. Fretting rises from our determination to have our own way. Our Lord never worried and was never anxious, because His purpose was never to accomplish His own plans but to fulfill God’s plans. Fretting is wickedness for a child of God.

        Have you been propping up that foolish soul of yours with the idea that your circumstances are too much for God to handle? Set all your opinions and speculations aside and “abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psa_91:1). Deliberately tell God that you will not fret about whatever concerns you. All our fretting and worrying is caused by planning without God.

        GREAT WORDS FOR ME.  These are so true.  The scripture says, Psalms 37:7-8 NKJV  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for Him;

         Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,

         Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.  (8)  Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;

         Do not fret–it only causes harm.

Ahhh!  Those words speak to me.  Lack of planning with God.  Worrying, anger, impatience with my circumstances.  But Chambers is correct when he says that if it doesn’t work here, it will never work.

Restoration

7/4/2006 6:32 AM

Title: THE RESTORATION OF ISRAEL AND JUDAH

        S: Hosea 1:10-11 NKJV  ” Yet the number of the children of Israel

      Shall be as the sand of the sea,

      Which cannot be measured or numbered.

      And it shall come to pass

      In the place where it was said to them,

        ” You are not My people,’[4]

      There it shall be said to them,

      ‘ You are sons of the living God.’  (11)  Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel

        Shall be gathered together,

      And appoint for themselves one head;

      And they shall come up out of the land,

      For great will be the day of Jezreel!

O: The guy who used to come to The Adventure and had this whole time prophecy thing figured out – he was a little whacked, but a good guy and knew his Bible pretty well – used to say that I needed to go read Hosea to find out that there was no such thing as spiritual Israel and that Israel would again be restored.

Ellen White seems to agree in some sense, because she does say that near the end, large numbers of Jews would become converted – or at least that is the implication.

This verse says that even though God said he would have no mercy, he goes on to say that even though He said that, he will have mercy.

A: “They shall come up out of the land….”  What does that verse mean?  That’s a kingdom verse – that’s a verse that shows that people will be drawn back to God and become part of God’s people.

It’s like Jim’s and my prayer time yesterday.  I prayed that it wouldn’t be about numbers, but would be about not quitting once we are filled up – continuing to reach more people for the kingdom.

Hosea seems to say that there is a work of restoration to do.  2 Corinthians calls it a work of reconciliation.  Others call it a work of reaching the lost (Luke 15).  It’s all about the idea of doing God’s work and not forgetting that it’s about people.

P: Lord, help me to never forget that.  Help me to never forget that I have a work to do.  People will be coming back to you.  I don’t know if it’s literal or spiritual Israel.  To me, it doesn’t really matter.  What matters is that you have called me to be an instrument in your hands to reach lost people.  I believe that with all my heart and with all my soul. 

Lord, lead me daily into your work.  Lead me always into your ways.  Lead me to focus on you and to listen to you.  Please guide me, Lord.  Please lead me to follow you.