The Devilâ€™s Merry-Go-Round
A merry-go-round has movement but doesnâ€™t go anywhere. You get off right where you got on. It goes in a circle. The devil has a merry go-round with three horses. It will take you on a ride that is a vicious circle of worry, doubt, and fear.
The first horse is worry. Some people have a motto: â€śDonâ€™t just sit there-worry.â€ť A better motto would be: â€śWhy worry when you can pray?â€ť Worry accomplishes nothing. It doesnâ€™t solve tomorrowâ€™s problems, but it will wear you out by costing you a good nightâ€™s sleep and make you les able to deal with tomorrowâ€™s problems.
The apostles Paul and Peter give us the cure to worry. Peter said, â€śCasting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.â€ť (1 Peter 5:7) Paul said, â€śBe anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, withÂ thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.â€ť (Phil 4:6)
The Psalmist told us how useless it is to worry. â€śIt is vain (Useless) for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrow; for so He gives His beloved sleep.â€ť (Psalm 127:2)
Nobody said it like Jesus did when He spoke the Sermon on the Mount. Four times He said we should not worry. We should not worry about what we eat, what we wear, and what might happen tomorrow.
Jesus gave us two examples. He told us what to consider. â€śConsider the lilies.â€ť They donâ€™t toil and labor, yet God clothes them better than King Solomon in all his splendor. â€śConsider the birds.â€ť They donâ€™t build farms and store food. Yet God feeds them. You are much more valuable to God than birds, so donâ€™t worry!
â€śSeek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.â€ť (Matthew 6:33)
Climb down off the merry-go-round horse of worry. It is not getting you anywhere.
To Be Continuedâ€¦