Functional Atheism

What worries you today? Are your cares and concerns overtaking you? There is nothing like worry and anxiety to sap your strength and keep you awake at night.  When it goes on for an extended period of time you will suffer physically with stomach and head aches.

What a worrier needs more than anything is hope. Hope that things will change, hope that situations will improve.  The only place we can find true hope in the midst of the many things that worry us is in Christ.  Our gracious God holds out hope and help to those who struggle with worry.

The Lord has answers to the situations in our lives that cause us to worry and He wants to free us from this way of life through the power of the Spirit.

For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Romans 6:14 (NASB)

The Word of God tells us that no sin shall master us or have dominion over us and make no mistake, worry is sinful.  Our mistake is in thinking that theology is only true when it fits in our positive circumstances. Theology is true despite our circumstances and in the midst of them. Romans 8:28,29 is always true, despite how a person feels. This is why our theology must be sound and we must be convinced in the heart that it is true.

We know that for those who love God, all things work for good. He causes the things in our lives to work out for our good and His glory. Because He is a sovereign God and His sovereignty is absolute, He ordains and orchestrates every event in our lives and they all accomplish what He determines for us now and in eternity.

For example: We read about the Israelites and their chronic complaining in the OT. The texts refer to them numerous times as stubborn and stiff-necked, and we also have many records of their fear, worries, and anxieties. Especially as they were escaping from Egypt! How soon they forgot that it was God who got them out of Egypt, and took them every step of the way (Deut.8:15-16).

Even while they were walking from Egypt and being chased by Egypt God was demonstrating His ability to care for them and protect them. Even when things appeared completely out of control, God had everything well in hand! What did they have to fear? What were they worried about? They were given every single thing they needed, and God never failed them.

They worried because they doubted God's goodness and His provision for them. They had little faith that what was there today would be there tomorrow. They did not believe God was faithful to Himself and that He does what He says He will do. We struggle with the same issues OT Israel did ladies...this is a true heart problem! 

Another reason we worry is because we don't want adversity to enter our lives. We are always glad to accept good from God, but we pray and pray against adversity coming our way. Scripture considers those who would reject God or His revealed will (even in adversity) foolish or unwise. They are not wise because they are proclaiming that they doubt God's power and His goodness. They also are declaring that God has erred by sovereignly allowing uncomfortable circumstances into their lives. 

A worrier lives as though there is no God, they are functional atheists. Don't live this way any longer, repent of the son of worry and return to trusting God, even when life is difficult.