1 Corinthians 8:9 (ESV) “But take care that this right of yours does not somehow become a stumbling block to the weak.”
SC: We had to hide the for sale sign today when she came, so she wouldn’t ask a billion questions. He still hasn’t had that conversation with her yet. Doesn’t want to until we know a better plan (speaking about a career in full-time missions). He keeps her on a need-to-know basis. She doesn’t need to know anything more yet.
Me: That’s one of the concerns we lifted in prayer for you when you told me she was coming!
SC: I had to explain to the eight year old why we had to move the sign, and tell him not to mention moving. But it was a good lesson about how we didn’t want her to worry about things that we don’t know answers to yet; and how worrying is like not trusting God, which is sinful, etc…I think it sunk in…Ha!
Me: What a wonderful teaching tool. You done good! He’s at the age where he will begin to understand spiritual matters more easily. Remember, you were eight when you made your profession of faith.
SC: Yeah, he’s getting it more and more.
I can tell you my heart was a little swollen with pride, and tears of joy welled up. Then later, as I was thinking about the conversation, it occurred to me how the “lesson” had a double meaning…”could worry be a stumbling block?”
In John MacArthur’s article “A Worried Christian,” his commentary on Matthew 6:25-34 sites that a worrier.. Strikes out at God; Disbelieves Scripture; Is mastered by circumstances; Distrusts God; and is Unwise because of the future. He reminds the reader that God gives the glorious gift of life today and live in his light; live in the light and full joy of the day, using the resources God supplies. Not to push ourselves into the future and forfeit the day’s joy because of our anticipated tomorrow that may never happen. Today is all we really have, for God permits none of us to live in “tomorrow” until it turns into “today”.
MacArthur then cites Hebrew 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.” It means He will be doing the same things tomorrow that He was doing yesterday. MacArthur challenges us with this, “If you have any questions about the future, look at the past. Did He sustain you then? Don’t worry – He will sustain you in the future as well.”
I encourage you not to let worry become a stumbling block for you or allow your worries to become a stumbling block to others.
Trust in God, for He cares for you.
Psalm 145:14 (NLT) The Lord helps the fallen and lifts those bent beneath their loads.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for you limitless mercy and grace in the times that we fall into worry. Help us keep our worries from becoming stumbling blocks to others. In Christ’s name. Amen