A couple of weeks ago, I did a post on My Morning Statement of Faith (click the link to read it), which are five statements that I came up with for myself of things I need to be reminded of first thing in the morning. I kind of threw them at you with only a little explanation of why these statements were the ones I came up with, so I decided to do a series of posts to kind of zoom in on my particular “morning statements.” I still encourage you to come up with your own.
My first Statement of Faith goes like this:
Nothing will happen in my life today that God does not already know about and He is working all things for my ultimate good. I do not need to fear and I have no reason to complain. I will rejoice in this day that God has made.
There’s a lot of good stuff packed into this that really impacts my life. It actually touches on two big areas that I really struggle with: fear and complaining. I have always had a tendency to worry about things. As I’ve become a father, the things that I can find to worry about have increased exponentially. For instance, I have two teenage daughters who are now driving cars. That one fact alone could plunge me into a pit of anxiety that I might never crawl out of.
But I know that worry is a bad thing. People who don’t worry as much are healthier and live longer. I’ve read that most of the things that people worry about (85-90%) are things that never end up happening. (Some people claim that fact as proof that worrying works!) More importantly, I know that God doesn’t want me to worry in the same way that I don’t want my kids to worry.
I recently ran across a verse in the Psalms that hit me as the man I want to be. In Psalm 112, it says that a righteous person “is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord.” (vs. 7) I can’t say that I am not afraid of bad news. In fact, when my phone rings and I see that its one of my kids calling, I often brace myself for the possibility that the car has broken down or some other problem has popped up, although that’s not often the case.
God’s Word teaches that nothing will happen in my life, big or small, that He does not already know about. Matthew 10:29 tells us that not even a sparrow falls to the earth without the Father’s notice. Psalm 139:16 says that before we were even born, God wrote all of our days in His book. And above all that, Romans 8:28 promises that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him.
If God already knows everything that will happen to me and He’s working it all for my good, I have no reason to fear bad news! What a great reminder for me as I start the day.
On an unrelated note, a huge thank you to all of you who have complimented me on the album I released last week! I do all of the album stuff myself and just try to get a little better with each song. It gives me great pleasure that people out there don’t hate it. Thank you!