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Warrior or Worrier
In Defense of the Faith
Friday, January 02, 2015
Alf Cengia

Well, another Christmas has sped past us. I took our dog Sammy for a walk last Monday morning and saw several discarded Christmas trees on front lawns. After the expectant build up to Christmas, I've always found the aftermath somewhat of a depressing letdown - things too quickly go back to normal.

Anyway, the atheists can finally breathe a sigh of relief for the time being. Now we're staring down the barrel of another year, and they had better bunker up for another Easter. They'll have to bring out all those old anti-Resurrection canards out of the bottom drawers and republish them...again.

I don't like New Year resolutions but it's high time for me to be reflective about myself. I must confess to a tendency to sometimes being a worrier rather than a spiritual warrior. Some things will worry me, while others don't faze me at all.

The things that do worry me seemed to have accumulated in the lead up to Christmas. They kicked my rear end a bit. When I look back at it all I wonder what all the irrational fuss was about. It seemed mighty important to me at the time. Alas, to some degree, my condition ended up affecting my wife.

It was Christmas Eve Afternoon when the kitchen sink became blocked. We both panicked.

After the cooking preparations for Christmas day there were piles of dishes needing to be washed on the kitchen counter. I barely had time to go to Home Depot to buy the Nuclear Strength Drain Cleaning Stuff, as we were scheduled to go to my mother-in-law's house for dinner. I poured a whole bottle of the dangerous concoction into the drain, without any luck.

This had happened to us another time when we were renting. On that occasion the bath tub had clogged and we couldn't use the shower. After two days of using a plunger to no avail, this deadly liquid cleared the drain easily.

There were dire warnings on the label! The only thing missing was a skull and cross bones. So my wife had me take appropriate precautions. She made me wear a hat and glasses; wrapped a scarf around my neck; gloves for protection and a coat. The only thing missing was a long pair of tongs. Then she stood well away from me as I poured the chemical down the drain. There were some gurgles and glugs and the tub water finally evacuated.

But this time it didn't unblock the kitchen sink. So we imagined all sorts of catastrophes and expensive fixes. "Were all the pipes clogged?" "This is so bad!"

We fretted during Christmas Eve dinner. I poured another bottle into the sink when we got home but it was still clogged on Christmas morning. Finally, I defied the label warnings and used the plunger. This time it worked.

I'd gone from worrying about presumably larger matters to something as trivial as a clogged kitchen sink. Why?

I was drawn to sit down with David Jeremiah's Daily Devotional. Thumbing through I opened it to page 363 The Sin of Worry. Dr. Jeremiah writes that worry is concerning yourself about things you have no control over i.e., God's realm of authority. When we worry, we deny the faithfulness of God.

It's natural to worry over things like health matters or a loved one's salvation. But the truth of the matter is that all my concerns were symptomatic of a larger spiritual condition that had crept up on me.

If I may use an analogy; when I first came to the United States I didn't have access to a gymnasium for several months. When I finally got back to training I found my strength had deteriorated so badly I could barely manage weights which I'd previously used as warm-ups. I had allowed myself to lose condition and became undisciplined.

Taking the analogy further; when we eat too much of the wrong things we become overweight and unhealthy. We need a healthy-balanced daily diet coupled with appropriate, consistent exercise.

Like many of us, I've been taking a Daily News diet of the problems of this world. In contrast, I've neglected resting in God's promises. A pastor recently said that we Christians must exercise the discipline of daily going to God's word and searching out His promises. If we fail to do that we risk spiritual atrophy and attacks.

Christmas reminds us that the Creator of the cosmos humbled and poured and Himself into a man-child (John 1:1-14; Phil 2:5-8). Think about that for a moment! Christ loved us so much He died on the cross to obtain our eternal redemption (John 3:16; 1 Cor 15:3-4). This is the God we put our trust in!

I especially love these verses:

But as it is written:

"Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him." 1Cor 2:9

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1John 3:2

These wonderful promises should change our perspective, even if our circumstances may remain unchanged in this life.

Personally, I'm resolving to become more disciplined in my practice of resting in God's promises. This year will likely be as bad, if not worse, than the last. It is therefore imperative that we all daily put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18).

Let us remind and encourage each other throughout this coming year to do just that.

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