One of my favorite verses is Revelation 4:2:

At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. Revelation 4:2 (NIV2011)

Sitting.

Not pacing. Not surprised. Not wringing His hands. Not wondering. Not worrying. Large and in charge.

From my worms-eye view, it sometimes looks like the world is running recklessly out of control. It is not. There is a throne in Heaven. Someone is sitting.

One of my favorite old hymns speaks to this:

Be still, my soul
the Lord is on thy side
Bear patiently the cross
of grief or pain
Leave to thy God
to order and provide
In every change
He faithful will remain
Be still, my soul
thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Thro’ thorny ways
leads to a joyful end

Be still, my soul
thy God doth undertake
To guide the future
as He has the past
Thy hope, thy confidence
let nothing shake
All now mysterious
shall be bright at last
Be still, my soul
the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them
while He dwelt below

Be still, my soul
the hour is hast’ning on
When we shall be forever
with the Lord
When disappointment
grief, and fear are gone
Sorrow forgot
love’s purest joys restored
Be still, my soul
when change and tears are past
All safe and blessed
we shall meet at last

It is impossible for me to sing that song and worry. You don’t overcome worry by trying really hard not to worry. You overcome worry by worship. If you have a big God, you have small problems and you worry little. If you have a small God, you have big problems and you worry much. Nothing gets that straight like worship.


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