How many times have you heard that preached? How many books have been written on stress? Even the Lion King movie – remember the song – Hakunah Mattatah…it’s a worry-free philosophy…Hakunah Mattatah. NOT!
If our lives were to be trouble free…then why are the titles of God’s Spirit:
I’m not saying that you need to live in fear. Things ARE scary in life, but you don’t need to be scared! God really means it when He says, “Fear not, for I am with you.”
Hebrews 11 is called the “faith chapter.” It recounts the TRIUMPHS of faith…the chronicle of fallen man, slugging through the challenges that we all face in a fallen world.
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it (meaning faith) the men of old gained approval. By faith, we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was NOT made out of things which can be seen.
Let’s take a look at some of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11. We’ll see how even though their lives weren’t “trouble free,” they were able to cling to God.
Abel: (Vs 4)
Enoch: (Vs 5)
Noah: (Vs 7)
Abraham: (Vs 8)
Sarah: (Vs 11)
The next few verses remind us that all these people died without seeing the “promised” Savior…but they kept on believing Him for what He SAID and not what they SAW!
Abraham again: (Vs 17)
Isaac: (Vs 19)
Moses: (Vs 23)
The Scripture goes on to say that time would run out if he told of Gideon, Samson, David, Samuel and the like…who BY FAITH:
Oh yes…sign me up for that life…trouble free…oh, yeah!!
WHAT IN THE WORLD?
Read verses 39-40:
And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised (Jesus, the Messiah), because God had provided something BETTER for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
God never promised us a rose garden here
It’s not a trouble-free life, but you can be “care free” in Him.
NOW GO LIVE IT!
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