Monday, April 30, 2007 AD With an Achan Heart and a Worried Mind Sometimes I wish I could fix things in other people's lives...things I'm heartsore over, too. I get frustrated because I can only pray. This is a dumb frustration for two reasons: 1) It disparages prayer, and thereby reveals my sinful distrust in God. 2) It's not the only thing I can do.
If Achan's disobedience led to the deaths of 36 of his countrymen (plus his entire household), and if my disobedience similarly brings discipline on those to whom I am covenantally connected, then surely the flip side is true: Surely obedience brings blessing.
I've found myself distracted for several work days by a difficult situation that I can't fix. As a result of my worrying, my work has suffered. If I really loved the people involved in the situation, I would be serving them by working more diligently, not by indulging myself in ineffective, inefficient, unproductive worry.
Salvation belongs to our God...salvation not only in the Big Eternal Sense, but in the little everyday trials and troubles from which we need deliverance. Worry is self-idolatry because it attempts to wrest that role from God. My Achan heart hasn't stolen any Babylonian garments or precious metals this week, but it has stolen time from my employer, glory from my God, blessing from my friends, and peace from myself.
I'm so glad I get to repent and get back to my work! Posted by Valerie (Kyriosity) at 4/30/2007 01:51:00 PM
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