Anyone who has been around for any length of time remembers a character by the name of Alfred E. Neuman. He was and still is the poster character for Mad Magazine. He was early on tagged with a comical almost impish line, “What, me worry?” In other words, any problems around him, were someone else’s to deal with, I’m going to go about my merry way!
I truly wish more people had some of that less anxious and more carefree attitude about life. It seems like there is little difference between the church and the world when it comes to worry or anxiety. I see in many of my brothers and sisters a propensity to fret about everything and trust God for nothing. I know that we all talk a good game when it comes to trusting God, but often it is not the case.
Proverbs 3:5-6 has a tremendous admonition: Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, and lean not on YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.
This is a true saying that the Saints of God need to meditate upon and incorporate into our lives. God is on our side and He is working on our behalf to bring forth the best results in our lives. I know that we have been trained to worry, but worry is not really much more than a bad habit that most Christians don’t even recognize they do daily. Worry is something that we slowly begin to develop as a child. A letter from the IRS and our heart starts to beat faster. A late night phone call and immediately we think something bad has happened, only to turn out to be a wrong number. A child that was supposed to be home by 11:00 and is still not home at 12:30. Again only to find out, that they (genuinely) had a flat tire and their phone died at the same time.
We worry about today, worry about tomorrow. We worry what someone else thinks about us, or that we won’t be able to pay our bills, or that we are going to lose our job, just fill in the blank.
Jesus warned us against worry in His famous dissertation in Matthew 6:25-34. He said basically, you can’t change a thing by worry. You can worry all you want, but it won’t change anything. In essence He promises, God is going to take care of all that concerns you, TRUST GOD!
Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
As the people of God, let us begin to look constantly to our Heavenly Father for everything. For our children and marriages, our finances, our health, even for the next needed parking space in a crowded lot. God cares for YOU! His eyes are upon you. If He cares for the sparrows and the grass of the field, as Jesus told us in Matthew, He cares about the things that are issues for His children.
One thing that I have learned in my walk with God, He loves me! Just as I care for and deeply love my own children, God cares for and loves me a thousand times more! Family of God, put your faith and trust in the Living God! Your best days are yet to come, and the God of all creation is on your side!
Be blessed beyond measure,
Pastor David received the Lord as a young married man in 1976, and, after serving for a number of years in various capacities as a lay leader in his church, he left the business world and entered pastoral ministry in 1994. He was ordained in December of 1995 as an associate pastor of Faith Christian Center in Seekonk, MA where he took over as senior pastor in 2000.
In 2010, Pastor David and his wife Ann began a new church work in North Smithfield, RI, which was known as Impact Church. In 2015 Impact Church merged with Praise Tabernacle of Cranston, RI and became a satellite location of Praise Tabernacle.
Pastor David believes strongly in the power God’s Word has to positively change lives and equip people to make a difference in the world around them.
With his supportive wife of 45 years they have raised 3 children and have 4 grandchildren. They currently reside in Lincoln, RI and are both lifelong RI residents.