2010-03-17 / Religion

‘All Is Well Where it Really Matters’


(Pastor James Scarborough, Donalsonville Assembly of God)

I suppose we have all gone through those times when a variety of things fail to work out like they are supposed to. It does not have to be huge earthshaking mishaps, but often the accumulative effect of several little things converging at once can make life unpleasant.

You might be able to identify with my recent events.

The ball of aggravation started to bounce when my cell phone stopped allowing me to receive incoming calls. It had not occurred to me that I had not received any calls throughout the day; I was able to make calls and send and receive text messages, so everything seemed normal to me until my wife contacted me late in the day to inquire about her inability to get a call through to me.

Next on my list (but thankfully, not in the same day), I came home from church just before an evening service and hooked my notebook computer to the printer and made a copy of the lesson I was to present. Shortly after printing successfully, the computer suddenly turned off never to come on again. Since it was nearly new, I shipped it back to the company; they contacted me a few days later saying that the warranty might not cover my situation.

Then I had trouble with the federal government! I anticipated a tax refund, but when the expected date of the deposit of my funds came and passed (and many more days passed with no money being quietly placed in my checking account by Uncle Sam), I went to the IRS website and keyed in the information to find out where my refund was, only to find out that they did not know where it was either!

None of those things above are of critical importance, they are merely little unexpected inconveniences. And there are many people who are facing life or death issues right now that would quickly swap circumstances with me. Nevertheless, if we are not careful, we can allow anthills to become mountains in our lives. Instead of concentrating on the issues that we are struggling with- -whether they be large or small--we will do ourselves a great favor if we will place our emphasis on the many blessings and provisions that God has poured into our lives.

Christ offers sound advice in Matthew 6 as He states, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ But seek first His [God’s] Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well” (verses 31,33, NIV). When we function by that mentality, the mishaps that we endure here on earth become less threatening to our overall joy.

As for the phone problem, it was quickly repaired through a simple call to the service provider. And the issue with the computer was easily resolved, and I await the arrival of the repaired unit even as I write. Concerning the refund, they now say it’s on the way--but isn’t that what the government always says? However, the most important thing is that I have no need to worry, and neither do you. We can trust God. No matter what may be wrong around us, everything is right within us when we truly believe Him and His Word and give our lives to Him.

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