April 27, 2017

Analyze This

I need to know I’m not alone here…

I like to figure things out. I have a lot of health issues – some serious and some not so serious – and whenever something new comes up, I become obsessed with trying to figure out why it’s happening and what possibly caused it and how I can change or remove the problem. And it preoccupies me for as long as I let it. It causes anxiety when I can’t figure it out. It causes unrest and discontent when I can’t find a way to make things better.

Anyone else have that problem? Please tell me I’m not the only one! Otherwise I’ll have to go figure that out too!

{Just kidding!}

Anyway, the past few months have been somewhat tumultuous as I’ve had lots of little problems and have tried to figure out every single one of them. I do realize that this is neither healthy nor pleasing to God. I am trying to change my thought behavior to focus on the things that are (ie, the truths of Scripture) rather than the unknowns and uncertainties of this life. I am praying about it, seeking God’s strength and peace as I deal with various afflictions. I am trying to actively replace the preoccupations and worries with Scripture and ministry and prayer.

And then I came across these verses in my Bible reading today:

“He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap. As you do not know [the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb] of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.”
[Ecclesiastes 11:4-5]

There is so much in this life that we cannot explain. I like what my MacArthur Study Bible has as a note for this verse: “The world is full of things over which one has no control including the purposes of God. There is no virtue in wishful wondering, but there is hope for those who get busy and do their work.”

In other words, stop trying to figure everything out and start getting busy with life! Start working. Start serving others instead of focusing on what’s wrong in your life. Start praying for others instead of worrying about yourself. Stop observing the wind and start sowing works that will honor God!

And yes, I’m preaching to myself here.

So are you with me? Will you purpose with me to stop analyzing everything and get busy living life? To stop being preoccupied with trying to figure out all of life’s unknowns, and start being occupied with God’s commands and promises?

Will you simply rest in the knowledge that we cannot know everything – and spend your energy and time on things more profitable?

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