Reducing Worry: One Question to Ask Yourself
Sermon Series: Reducing Worry, Title: One Question to Ask Yourself
1 Kings 19:1-18
We miss the present when we worry about future things we can’t control. It is irresponsible to worry as it is a waste of time and energy. We are to let God take care of worry. Satan wants us to worry as it will make us unproductive in our Christian life.
King Ahab was an evil king in Israel. The prophet Elijah told him there would be no rain for three years. At the end of that time, Elijah and 400 of the Baal prophets had a contest to see which god would consume their sacrifice with fire. Baal did not answer the prayers of his followers because he is a false god but the Lord God of Israel did answer when Elijah prayed. Afterward, God sent the rain.
Elijah was a man of faith but when Queen Jezebel swore to kill him because he had killed the 400 Baal prophets, he ran. Likewise, we often run when we are feeling threatened or afraid of something such as alcohol and drugs or maybe to a relationship.
God provided food and drink as well as sleep for Elijah to strengthen him for his journey to Horeb, the mountain of God. The Lord commanded Elijah to stand on the mountain as He would pass by. There was a great wind, earthquake, and fire but God was not in these. It is not about God’s power but who He is. Instead, God spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper and asked “What are you doing here?” Elijah told God his sad story of woe. God then gave Elijah His instructions on what to do.
We can be distracted by worry so much that we are unable to worship God. Three things to consider when we start to worry:
- Factor in who God is.
- Ask yourself, “What am I doing here?”
- Go back to where we got off the path and make it right.