I found out the hard way that E 85 is not good for a Honda CR-V. It uses gas that is 5% ethanol (or is it 10%?) but not 85%.
Now, I’m no dummy. When I buy a car that requires Regular, I don’t pump it full of Premium (even if it’s cheaper, which thankfully it hardly ever is). I certainly don’t use kerosene or diesel. So why did my vehicle end up in the service department with a tankful of E 85? It so happened that I filled up at a different gas station than usual, and didn’t notice that the fuel choice on the right end was E 85, not Regular.
My point is this: The human brain and entire body operate correctly on positive, faith-filled thoughts, not negative, stressful ones. Just like a car operates properly on gasoline, not kerosene. What does that say about our Creator? To me, it says that he did not intend for us to ever be anxious. Is that too good to be true?
It is common to feel noble about anxiety: I’m anxious because I am responsible. I can’t tolerate the possibility of my plans working out badly. Or–I worry because I love my children. I can’t bear the thought of anything harming them.
How about asking for God’s wisdom and blessing on your work then operating in trust and confidence? How about committing your children to the Lord’s care and protection then telling them the Lord will bless them and enable them do whatever is necessary?
The two quotes below from the Bible carry surprising news.
1 Blessed is the one
2 . . . whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither. (Psalm 1:1-3 NIV)
Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful (Joshua 1:9 NIV)
Did you notice? Both of these passages promise fruitfulness, prosperity, and success. If we do what? Think deeply about God’s ways and obey them. Not by anxious striving.
How does that work? Partly because God’s requirements are wise. We will get better results doing things the way he says. And partly because, when we look to him and cooperate with him, he covers all the bases we cannot.
So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For . . . your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:31-33 NIV).
1-2 If God doesn’t build the house,
the builders only build shacks.
If God doesn’t guard the city,
the night watchman might as well nap.
It’s useless to rise early and go to bed late,
and work your worried fingers to the bone.
Don’t you know he enjoys
giving rest to those he loves? (Psalm 127:1-2 MSG)
When bad things happen to you, have you thought It must’ve been God’s will. Did he tell you to put diesel-grade thoughts in your brain? Did the anxious words that came out of your mouth agree with the Word of God? (Phil. 4:8)
Considering the bible passages above, would you say it is his will for you to fail or to succeed? Is it his will for you to lack or to have what you need? Is it his will for you to work long hours for minimal results–or to receive the Lord’s wisdom to work efficiently then sleep peacefully, knowing the Lord will prosper your efforts?
Why do we think that peace and blessing are too good to be true? The Bible is full of promises and stories that show God’s will for us is good. Where did we get the warped thought that worry and poor results are normal? Well, from experience. Not many people are thinking and living the way the above verses describe, so we don’t see many examples of how God intends things to be.
But the main reason we have such dim expectations of God and life can be seen in what happened to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Let me paraphrase what satan said to her that influenced her to eat the fruit God had forbidden. “I can’t believe God told you not to eat this fruit. It won’t harm you. It will make you wise like God. God’s holding out on you, girl.” The devil caused her to doubt God’s goodness. He’s been doing it ever since.
Are you going to fall for it? To believe that love, joy, and peace are impossible in this world?
How about meditating (thinking in a deep, personal way) on his ways and his promises? They are not too good to be true.