My wife and I were having one of our usual early morning over coffee talks about God and His majesty . . . and Sky came to the kitchen, getting ready to leave for work and asked what we were talking about (he could see our intensity and passion of conversation)--and we told him "God".
As he does fairly regularly, he responded, "I know . . . things are getting scary . . . Radha is going to die--" And he went on. Radha is our aging, family black cat who mostly sleeps by and hangs around Sky in his room (since the new puppy took over the house.) And what he was getting at is something that he's been dealing with for a while--basically an awareness of mortality, of how hard and real and ultimately "dust to dust" this life is. You work, sleep, eat, work . . . and it just goes on like that . . . and then you die . . . and along the way loved ones (ie., Radha) die. . . . He stresses a bit over the harshness of it all, and over his job which (being deaf) is often frustrating and difficult and causes anxiety.
We've had this talk many times, but repetition is great in helping the relatively new believer to remember and stay focused on the hope in Christ and not letting oneself get bogged down in the mundane.
I reminded him that perpetual, habitual worry/anxiety . . . is a sin. It is a sign of not trusting God, of not truly and deeply believing that He is good; that He sovereign over all things.
"See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God." --Heb. 3:12
We talked further. . . .
I said . . . when you worry and think with angst about such things . . . it seems to me like a blasphemy. You are basically telling God you don't like the way He is making things. You reject where He has put you in your life at this time. You are spitting in His face in a sense, saying, "Why can't You do this better? How dare you have me where I am. Shouldn't You be fixing this and that? Surely You could do more!"
You are showing your lack of faith.
"But without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws
near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him." --Heb. 11:6
If you are professed believer and follower of the Lord (one who draws near to Him) then YOU MUST believe that he rewards you for that! Now, you may respond, "Yes, I agree . . . BUT . . . I don't like the way I'm being 'rewarded'. In fact I don't see any real reward at all here. . . ."
And the answer to this charge is that, for one thing, YOU don't know what's best for you right now and it is highly presumptuous to assume you do. If you are agitated and worrying it means you are questioning God's wisdom and good intention for your life. Whereas, if you truly and deeply trust God and have faith in Him, then you know that just exactly what you have and are doing now . . . is what God wants and MUST thus be the best thing for you at this time.
HE knows the ends from the beginnings, not you . . . and so you wholeheartedly trust Him--and not only that, but praise and honor and worship Him too for His perfect provision.
Furthermore, not all "rewards" appear instantly or in short time. Trust and faith must extend to the "hope laid up for you in heaven, of which you previously heard in the word of truth, the gospel--" --Col. 1:5
It is easy to maintain hope and faith for a moment. But the depth and veracity and purity of our faith is shown by our continued thanksgiving and graciousness . . . for long stretches of time. It is a blessing that we must wait and show ourselves approved. Oh how it pleases the Lord to see His children . . . persisting in blessed hope . . . through thick and thin . . . with a patience that defies natural, fallen impetuosity. Here we have the chance to reveal our seriousness and commitment to His Word, His promises, His wisdom, kingship and goodness.
In fact--and we all do it to some degree--complaining about the drudgery of day-to-day life; seeing some things as unimportant, trivial, base etc., is like saying to God, "I only like the 'big' flashy things you do in, for and around me. This 'little' stuff is tedious, mean, ugly." Which is like looking at some creator's piece of artwork and saying, "I like most of your work . . . but this section over here is worthless and ought be cut out."
The artist is offended, hurt . . . because He created THE WHOLE PIECE. Every part of it is intentional. If there are more menial or common parts . . . it is nevertheless essential, critical (to the creator/artist) that they be there to make up the whole. Perhaps the faded, less distinguished portion is there to provide needed contrast to the delectable section.
When we malign or disparage what we think are baser elements, things, events etc., in our lives . . . bemoaning them . . . and worrying and chagrining over them . . . we are doing the same thing. We are telling God He is not perfect. He could do better. We know better. . . .
Which is horrendous if you stop and think about it.
We ought be praising and thanking Him always! Nothing is out of order; nothing is valueless or mistaken in His scheme; not ultimately, anyhow, though (as part of His perfect plan) it may appear so (for His final, perfect, just, holy, good purposes).
After talking with Sky and my wife and they went their ways to get ready for the day . . . I thought "I wonder what God might have to say about this." So, taking a chance I flipped open the Bible, which landed right on this verse:
"There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven--
"I know that everything God does will remain
forever; there is nothing to add to it and there is nothing to take from
it, for God has so worked that men should fear Him." --Ecc. 3:1,14
And. . . .
"God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work." --Ecc. 3:17
Learning, practicing . . . to see God's intimate hand in all our circumstances . . . and His attendant glory thereof . . . is a way of showing and even developing faith--and is a "must" for the disciple on His holy path. He is by it all . . . blazing all around with His wise, good care and purpose.
"Aren't two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father's consent." --Matt. 10:29