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Let Go of Anxiety

Scripture

Our verse for today comes from John 4:51, ” As he was going down, his servants met him and told him that his son was recovering. “

Background

In the movie Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase plays Clark Griswold, a loving husband and father who is a sort of common everyman. He is hospitable and gracious, patient almost to a fault, and knows no ends to his efforts to please his family. As Christmas approaches and Clark’s home is overrun with relatives, he continues to tolerate each person’s annoying ways, taking solace in providing for all the best Christmas experience possible. But behind Clark’s long fuse is the anxiety for his yet undelivered company bonus. Each year he has gotten a nice check, and this year he has made a significant purchase in anticipation of his holiday gift. But on Christmas Eve, the check has still not arrived. But with a knock on the door, a delivery man hands Clark an envelope, and everything changes. The background music suddenly resembles that of a chorus, Clark’s face is mesmerized by the sight of the tiny package, and the entire family stands in expectant wonder. Clark reveals that he plans to use the bonus to install a swimming pool, and his tension the past couple days was the result of having to make a down payment with money he did not yet have. So as he opened the envelope, the anticipation was overwhelming. Clark even promised to fly the family in to dedicate the pool if he had any money left over. And what was the bonus? How big was the check? It turned out to be a one year membership in a jelly-of-the-month club. And to say Clark was disappointed would be like saying the Titanic had a rough first outing.

Application

Jesus had told the nobleman that his son would survive, and he believed Him. But as he approached his home and his servants ran to meet him, what did he truly expect to hear from them? What were the first words he was thinking he would hear? Regardless of all that Jesus has told us, and all that He has done, is there still for you a hesitation? Do you somehow expect good while still fearing the worst? The faithfulness of Jesus is not a dramatic teaser. He is forever true, and you can have complete peace and confidence in every moment and situation that awaits you.

Charge

As we seek Him today, let go of your anxiety and fully anticipate the complete steadfastness of Christ.


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AuthorRich Holt | BCWorldview.org

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