Feb 20, 2009

Why Worry, Be Happy

With the impending flood and total destruction of all people, God gave Noah precise directions for building an boat for survival. Gen 6:14- 7:4 Noah was instructed what wood to use, the exact measurements (450'x75'x45'), how to pitch the roof, what animals, clean, unclean, 7 birds, 7 days, 40 days, etc.

God gave him all the details for the ark,
but no rudder and no sail.

We always think of Noah as well provided for, safe, dry, but how did he feel with no control? Little anxious, ya think?

Jesus said, "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.." "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about it self. Each day has enough trouble of it's own." Matt 6:27, 32, 34

God told the exiles living in Babylon to chill out. "Build houses, settle down, plant gardens, marry, have children, seek peace and prosperity," for the next 70 years. Then he would rescue them. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer. 29:11
Sometimes, my friend, it is scriptural to just chill out. "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Phil. 4:6.

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