Opium Or Opportunity

birdSo I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.

flowerAnd why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!

“So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.” Mat.6:25-33

The Matrix tells me that these words of Jesus cannot simply be true. Cows dying, aquifers drying. Politicians playing their jingoistic harps while our forests disappear. Inflation, fuel and food prices rising.  Power and water rationing. Layoffs and job insecurity everywhere. How not to worry when there’s so much to worry about? Is this the opium of the masses they talk about?

Absolutely not. Jesus’ words are as practical today as they were when he spoke them. And rather than opium, they provide us, His followers with an opportunity. An opportunity to be purveyors of hope rather than gloom: An opportunity to serve God to the fullest and leave the results to Him. An opportunity to live lives that say ‘I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow’.

Remember, it’s when its darkest that the light shines brightest.

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9 responses to “Opium Or Opportunity

  1. Hi pastor M,i feel encouraged to read this because for the past three weeks i have experienced a lot of trials and temptations and my life has not been easy at all.I would just request you and the rest of the mavunonites to pray for me..God bless you all!

  2. Not to worry? That’s a hard one especially when everything seems to be falling apart.

    What do you do when God says He will do something in your life and He doesn’t? What do you do when you pray believe but… What do you do when you know so well He exists and that He hears our prayers yet chooses to “ignore” those prayers? what do you do when God… Is forgets you or ignores you? Yet you know He loves you so much? Is it tough love? Is it necessary? For how long?

    What happens when you reach at the end of the road? When you think you’ll loose your mind? When no one can understand? When no one can help even if they wanted to? Does the God of Moses, Abraham and Jacob still perform miracles? Has He lost my address? Is He ignoring my address?

  3. Not to worry? That’s a hard one especially when everything seems to be falling apart.

    What do you do when God says He will do something in your life and He doesn’t? What do you do when you pray believe but… What do you do when you know so well He exists and that He hears our prayers yet chooses to “ignore” those prayers? what do you do when God… forgets you or ignores you? Yet you know He loves you so much? Is it tough love? Is it necessary? For how long?

    What happens when you reach at the end of the road? When you think you’ll loose your mind? When no one can understand? When no one can help even if they wanted to? Does the God of Moses, Abraham and Jacob still perform miracles? Has He lost my address? Is He ignoring my address?

  4. hi pasi, that FB challenge did someone take it up coz am worried.we are still not friends after two months now :-)this week i’ll set up a page where people will automatically be your friend as per their request.thought i should prepare you psychologically.no more 76friends!!

    @M
    For our many questions, a great truth to know is What you make happen for others God will make happen for you (Eph4:16).you are an answer to sm1s prayers-go and touch a strangers/neighbor/friend’s life. You are a gift to society-do sth for your community/volunteer for a humanitarian cause/church/.
    Does God still do miracles? I just look in the mirror, through the microscope, through the window, to the sky…and there is the evidence is very clear.

  5. Hi pst.m.ave read ua post n its so encouraging.at ths point of life,am hurting from a break up..i bliev in our rshp bt somehw thngs stoppd working.right from abusive words that cut my esteem..to the guy having mutiple women.its so hurting,yani i nid the grace of God 2 rise again.especialy after this low moment.pray with me pls

  6. @ M Here is the thing to get; God does not lie when He says He will do something then He will and it really is that simple. I think it is not that God ignores us it is more that we resent his timing; we feel that it takes God too long and He cannot even relate to what is going on hence the feeling that we are ignored. But when I read Psalm 139 that explains in intricate detail how God put each one of us together AFTER he had made His plan for us, and the affirmation that Pst M has quoted in his posting ie Mt 6:25-33, I know God is not just saying things.
    I don’t know what you are waiting God to do in your life, but He will come through. If you are a mavunite and in an Lifegroup, you could share with your group members about the frustration of waiting for God to answer. I take on praying that the Lord will give you peace in this season of waiting;waiting for His purpose to be revealed. Rest in that our Father not only knows what is going on, He loves and will come through for you at his perfect timing and that timing is best for us baraka tele!

  7. Hi all, thanks for the comments. @ M, thanks for your honest post. I like the bible because the writers keep it real like that; even those spiritual giants went through tough seasons… see e.g. Psalm.13. The encouraging thing is that even when things didn’t make sense, the writer chose to trust God and count his blessings (v.5-6).

    I don’t know what you’re going through but it does sound like a really tough time. May God give you grace to not just survive but thrive despite the circumstances. BTW, I really like gogetters response. We need others to help us stand through the tough times.

  8. i have been trying to get out of a hole for a long time and even i seem to be getting out …….. the hole becomes deeper…it is really hard for me ..such a simple hurdle but i dont seem to get out of it. am tied of trying and trying every time thinking i will get out and for the fourth time i have failed! When will God answer my prayers…when will i see that light at the end of the tunnel. I need some encouragement and prayer. I can not do this on my own. am really down…i need to know that some good thing will come out of it.

  9. @ M & Eva,

    I am touched by what you have shared.
    I remember a time i was at a low so low that it felt like i would never get up again…it seemed like i fell into a hole and eveytime i felt like i had hit rock bottom, it bottomed out… Seemed endless and the question was How much more..how much longer..i donot have strength to do this.

    Even at that deep dark time, when finding the words to speak was hard work and took alot of energy, there were rays of sunshine. God used a gospel radio station to minister to me, mostly through music. I had always loved music and had somehow, after school, kabisa lost touch with it and with that, lost a vital source of healing and ministry.

    During one of those days i remember listening to a Pastor who very simply said that my misery is my ministry…it is through the tough times that i have gone through, those experiences that i have lived through and triumphed over that i find my testimony of the goodness of God in my life. I queried that because i did not understand how the tough times can be a blessing.

    And as i explored that line of thought, i also heard someone suggest that, there are blessigns to count even when we go through tough times. So i took a sheet of paper…A4… and began to list all the accomplishments, all the blessings, all the stuff that was working or had worked for me. I was amazed because i filled up that sheet. Soon i was looking at even what seemed to have been rough times…and i realised that they too were blessings. For example, a ‘boyfriend’ who hit me…despite how insane this sounds, i was desperate to hold on to whatever that was even while another part of me said GO! GET OUT! It was a TUG-o-WAR! God was with me as i went through the ‘withdrawal symptoms’ of that inappropriate association. He sent me people to walk with me, to affirm me, to just be there for me. It was amazing.

    As i went thru my list, that was one of my blessings because i was saved from the potential disaster of the folly of that situation … i could now see that in it, i was rapidly heading for destruction.

    I really like what Gogetter says.

    I will join with Gogetter to pray for and with you…for God to meet you at your place of need and for His will to be done so that in all that you think hear touch feel say or do you would be a child after His own heart and you would have a powerful testimony of where you have been @, how God came through for you and delivered you. That will be your ministry to someone who is @ a similar place as you have been @.

    Hold on…hang in there… He’ll never forget you; never has.
    You are and always have been His…fearfully and wonderfully made, created in His own image.

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