One of my favourite Christian motivational speakers is Louis Giglio, pronounced Gig-Leo. My favourite DVD being Indescribable. He starts off saying: “The heavens are telling the glory of God, and their expanse declares the work of His hands. Night after night they remind us of just how small we are, and how huge God is.”
Indescribable takes you on an extraordinary journey through the cosmos, explaining the size of the different stars and God’s universe to discover the amazing magnitude of His greatness and grace. I received a WhatsApp clip of a sermon where he talks about worship.
It is easy to worship God when all is going well in your life, but what do we do when it is not going according to your plans? When stuff happens and trials and tribulations come our way? How do we react? We blame God, ask Him where is He in all this. We worry and complain and lose our focus on things that are not important.
Worrying about earthly things such as finances, health, or the state of our country, are valid and important. However, we start to make that our focus point, then we are off track. We make our problems our Goliaths and we stand in front of the situation and feel helpless and fearful.
When David stood in front of Goliath, he did not look at the huge frame of him, he focussed on how big his God is. He said to the giant that he comes to him with a sword and a javelin, but he come to him with the word of God. He sets his focus on his Lord and Saviour and knows that he can trust Him. He knew his God personally, had a relationship with Him.
“Fear not!” is the most repeated command in the Bible. It’s been said that there are 365 “Fear not” in the Bible — one “Fear not” for every day of the year! I think it is done to emphasize that He didn’t intend for Christians to spend their days preoccupied with anxiety and worry.
Psalm 23:4 (NLT), which reads: “Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me.”
Why then is it then that we do not have the same confidence and courage? Personally, I think it is because we do not trust Him enough, and the fact that we are stubborn and want to sort out our own stuff! As long as we are in control, life will get us down. However, if we can let go and trust Him, we will not miraculously have no more problems and worries, but we will be able to rest in His peace and trust Him. We need to become warriors of Christ and not worriers ourselves. Not easy, but possible.