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Letter From Andy Diemer - July 1, 2020

Letter From Andy Diemer

July 1, 2020

Delivered from All Fear

It is common to wake up in the morning and start worrying about the day ahead. There is always something needing our attention. Feeling a little morning anxiety helps motivates us to action, because the sooner we get to it, the better we start to feel. These are the daily cares of life that everyone experiences. Even Christ said, "Sufficient for the day is its own trouble" (Matthew 6:34).

Christ said this in the context of the bigger picture of life. He knows we need to be concerned with the daily cares, but not to the point of feeling overwhelmed. He wants us to work at those things and leave the big things to Him. He wants us to "seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness," (verse 33), and let Him take care of the rest.  

These days, there is a lot to worry about. Just going to the store causes us to think about our safety in ways we probably have not thought before. We might wonder where the new outbreaks of the coronavirus are leading. We may wonder what kind of changes this may bring, even possibly affecting our Feast plans. This and a whole host of big issues are impacting our world today. We have no power over any of them, except as to how we conduct our lives. Thus, it makes sense to put them in God's hands and focus on what is important.

That is sometimes easier said than done, so here is some advice from King David, who had a lot to worry about. "Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved" (Psalms 55:22). That is a comforting thought and the right approach.

Yes, we can be rightly concerned about all the troubles in the world today and their impact on our lives. Because these problems are bigger than us, trust God to take care of them! Put your focus on the word of God as the psalmist who wrote, "In the multitude of my anxieties within me, your comforts delight my soul" (Psalms 94:19).

Keep your mind on God through all your daily troubles, and He will calm your fears. As David also said, "I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears" (Psalms 34:4)!

Warm regards,

Andy

Pastor