1Corinthians 7:32: But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord;
Life for many is about concerns. If there is nothing for them to worry about personally, they worry about others. They looked for thing to be afraid of, they are not complete until they are bound to fear. They do not feel okay if they are now complaining. They seek for what to be afraid of. They believe a lie that God does not have their back.
The bible says in the book of Isaiah that God will go before you and be your rear guard. That is God saying he has your back. Do you believe that? Isaiah asked a question: who has believed our report, our proclamation (Isaiah 53:1).
When Israel came from Egypt, God’s son from the house of bondage (Deuteronomy 8:14), and the enemy was hot on their pursuit, God literally had their back. God did not remove the Egyptians that they fear, but he ensures that though the army of Egypt were moving in the fastest speed their chariots could take them, but they made no progress, they did not bridge the gap. God moved behind them as their rear guard and ensured that the enemy though in pursuit did not gain any ground against them (Exodus 14:19-20).
The devil came to Eve, saying something like this: “God does not have your back. God is against you and not for you. You have to take care of yourself (Genesis 3).”
The best state to be is to live without concern. That means before any issue come up and become a weight in your heart, you should lay it at the feet of Jesus, at the feet of the one who says come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give rest (Matthew 11:28-30), I will help you to live without concern. The writer of the book of Hebrews said we should lay aside every weight and sin that easily besets us (Hebrews 12:1-3).
We can have weights on our soul, body or spirit (1Thessalonians 5:23), and that means we have concerns that have latched on to us in those areas, things we have not allowed God to take care of.
To live without concern starts with the heart of trust. You need a new view of God. He is not just the one who saved you, he wants to continue to save you. He is not an historical saviour we are actually to live by every words that proceeds from his mouth (Luke 4:4).
You know that God by a mighty hand saved the people of Israel from the house of bondage (Deuteronomy 6:12). But the children of Israel did not have an ongoing trust in God, so they were always full of worry and compliant, desirous of things they think are beyond God to do. They refused to recognise that the God who brought them through will bring them in; that he is alpha and Omega, the beginning and ending. Their fear and lack of trust in God was their undoing and they died in the wilderness (Numbers 14:34-35).
Concerns are meant to weigh you down so that you will not be able to run the race of your destiny as you should. They are entanglements.
Paul wrote to Timothy: endure hardness as a soldier of Jesus Christ (2Timothy 2:1-4). That means difficulties should not stop him from getting the divine assignment done.
A “weak soldier” is a misnomer. The training of the soldier involves endurance training to wade through any challenge on the battle field, or in different assignments. The harder the training, the higher the purpose.
The elite soldiers are exposed to greater difficulty that the average soldier do not know anything about. Paul had a lot to endure in his time, his own training experience in the course of Christ involved persecution almost beyond limit (2Corinthians 4:8-9).
There was a time, when he was concerned about the messenger of Satan sent to buffet him. It was not funny at all. Three times he beseeched the Lord to release him from such difficult experiences (2Corinthians 12:7-10), but the response was: you have to endure it. You have to go through it but you can either go through it grumbling or with grace. You are meant to grow through it.
Jesus told him my grace his sufficient for you, as my strength is make manifest, better expressed in weakness. Jesus was telling him, you can either go through it, embracing my grace, or rejecting it. The choice if yours. Take advantage of the grace of God that is available to you to live without concern no matter what. Grace means the divine ability working in you.
But concern can be generated from what you see, what you hear. The challenge therefore is to see clearly the will of God and hear clearly the mind of God.
God told Isaiah do not call a conspiracy what this people call a conspiracy (Isaiah 8:12). That means God did not want us to come to the same conclusion that other people come to, when we have the divine perspective.
Habakkuk says: I will stand upon my watch and see what God will say to me (Habakkuk 2:1). Though he had his own perception of the situation around him, but the conclusion he came to were troubling. So he had a choice to make: to be weighed down with concerns or to see from God’s perspective, to be swallowed up in the darkness of concern or to be embrace the light of life in Jesus.
God also said that Isaiah should not fear the people’s fear. He was meant to live above the fear that chokes the people. The recommendation is that let the Lord be your fear. The fear of the lord will cure you of all other kinds of fear. The stronger you gaze on God, the lesser the problem around you seem to be. We are called to be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might, and not to be afraid of the devil (Ephesians 6:10).
- 1 Kings 15-16, 2 Corinthians 6 (vesselsofclay.org)
- The Children Cry Out (justjuliewrites.com)
- Being Tested in the Wilderness (arrowheartranch.wordpress.com)
- Peacemaking (Part 1): the Name of God (joelhansen.wordpress.com)
- God’s Pathway to Salvation (barrierbreakingenterprises.com)
- Isaiah 61:11 KJV!! (kristiann1.com)