Has anyone ever told you, “Don’t worry about it”?
Sometimes that’s hard to swallow when the person dispensing such advice has little influence in your present circumstances. How can they tell me not to worry about it? It’s not like they’re paying my mortgage!
But when Jesus says it, I have to believe it’s cause He’s up to something… in a good way. (“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…” Matthew 6:25a.)
Typically I tend to waffle somewhere between indifference and anxiety. I believe that middle ground is labeled Strategy & Control.
This morning I was reading in Romans, and I came across a passage I’ve read a hundred times.
“Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.” ~Romans 12:9-13
It’s easy to rattle off this list that’s been known as “marks of a true Christian.” But in all the rattling, I’ve flat out missed something wedged there in the middle.
Rejoice. In. Hope.
Rejoice. Celebrate. Delight in. Look forward to.
Hope. Belief in something good that is yet to come. Faith in His promises to love. Faith in His promises to remain the same. Faith in a Father who knit me together in my mother’s womb. Belief that I can trust the One who is sustaining my every breath for a reason.
Rejoice in hope?
Celebrate the unknown, because He has already made Himself known! And His intentions are good.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~Jeremiah 29:11