Have you ever noticed that the Lord Jesus Christ always calls us to a higher standard than the one we would set ourselves?
“Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things
Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 6:34
Is “not-worrying” and “not-fretting” humanly attainable in circumstances of marriage breakdown and divorce situations? Well only with the Lord’s help it is. Not that I am claiming to have lived through this time worry and fret-free by any means, no indeed not; for I certainly suffered various bouts at varying degrees of severity! But, with all such struggles I kept bringing each new worry to the Lord in my prayers. Once again, this is the work of a lifetime for the Christian, to learn how to trust the Lord more quickly and more thoroughly with each worry or trial that crosses our paths. And those struggling in the aftermath of marriage breakdown can truly be thrown into the ferocious fiery furnace of fretting!
I would deal with one worry attack only to feel that I was doing “rather well now, thank you very much,” only to be struck down by a fiery dart and fall into another pit of worry and fretting fears once again.
The above is an excerpt taken from Chapter 6, that I have just added onto my Book Page on Marriage Breakdown & Divorce.
I hope you enjoy the following poem that I wrote about this worrying problem.
Do Not Worry!
Let me tell you a tale about “Worry”
And his partner called “Anxiety”,
Who together bring sorrow and bondage,
Great enemies to faith, as you’ll see.
We’re often exhorted by scripture
To be anxious for nothing at all.
To present our requests and petitions
To our God, who is always on call.
Great peace to our minds and our hearts,
Philippians said Christ would provide.
If we only would pray and not worry,
He’ll draw so close to our side.
Our Lord pointed to birds and to lilies,
Said His Father for them takes great care,
They’re fed and they’re clothed in great beauty
Not worried about what they should wear.
Such assurance of love He did give us,
For we’re more value to Him than a bird,
And we’re promised His care and provision
So often in His Holy Word.
But our enemies frequently stalk us.
Tomorrow can look daunting and bleak.
Then fear and anxiety and worry
Can rise in our hearts to a peak.
A peak of tremendous proportions
And we’re swamped in a mire of despair,
With no thought to the promise of Jesus,
To simply give all to Him in a prayer.
Yet this is precisely his tonic
To all of life’s worries and ills;
We’re to trust Him with all of our problems
Remember that fear is what kills!
It kills off our faith in Christ Jesus,
It kills off our hope and our trust.
And we end up a quivering wreck
When the Bible tells us that we must,
Simply cry out to our precious Lord Jesus,
Who’s ready to supply all we need.
First seek the things of His kingdom
Then freely He’ll clothe and He’ll feed.
“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.
Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way,
Because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass.
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath;
Do not fret – it only causes harm.” Psalm 37;7-8
You can read this chapter and the full free book, called, “God’s Light In The Darkness of Marital Breakdown & Divorce – My journey though the painful process” by clicking here or on the Book Tab Page at the top of the blog.
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