“Don’t Worry So Much, God Is In Control”
Pastor David Moore
Old Testament reading Job 1:6-22
One day the angels came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came with them. The Lord said to Satan, “Where have you come from?” Satan answered the Lord, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”
“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.”
Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord. One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby, and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
God’s got this and He’s got you. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28-29
Anxiety in our minds shows itself physically in (a)_____________.
First big sin: we want to be like God, but we have neither the (b)_____________ nor the (c)_____________.
The illusion is that we’re in control in the first place. We get anxious because we lose that illusion (we were never in control). Jesus says we are anxious because we don’t want to believe. ~D. Moore
Two things are going wrong: wrong (d)_____________ and wrong (e)_____________.
Ephesians 1:11: In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.
Romans 8:28: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Philippians 4:6: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
If Jesus is (f)_____________, there will be no anxiety.
Our anxieties come from a lack of proportions and priority, which means the proportions element is Jesus at the center of our life. The priority element is we grow in grace and knowledge of Christ, which puts an outward view of the world in how we can help others in their journey in finding Christ. ~D. Moore
I will say it is one thing to believe in Jesus and another to believe Jesus.
This week, dwell on the powerful verse in the text of the sermon.
Allow God to help develop a life view with Christ at the center and an outward view of seeing the needs of others and offering yourself to them in their time of need.
God bless. Continue to believe in the Christ.
Answers: (a) stress (b) power (c) capacity (d) thinking (e) priorities (f) the center