Our family includes two standard poodles. They’re playful, affectionate, and smart. When they were young, they also loved to romp in the mud.
A photo of Max and Cosette standing at my French doors with topknots flattened by rain and mud up to their necks reminds me of this stage. They couldn’t understand why I didn’t swing open the door to welcome them inside when they were so pleased with themselves.
Of course, you know why I didn’t let them in. Muddy dogs—even dearly loved ones—contaminate all they touch.
I don’t know why young poodles are drawn to mud. Neither do I understand why I’m drawn to fear and worry. Attraction to bad news must be universal because that’s what news programs cover. It should be called the 6 o’clock bad news!
Bad news can turn me into a prophet of doom predicting the worst. But, I’ve learned something. Believing the worst doesn’t bring out my best. And when I dwell on fear and worry, like muddy paws, I contaminate everything I touch.Bad news can turn me into a prophet of doom predicting the worst. However, believing the worst doesn’t bring out my best. And when I dwell on #fear and #worry, like muddy paws, I contaminate everything I touch. Click To Tweet
Do your thoughts ever take you places you’d rather not go? For example, what happens when —
- You’re involved in a misunderstanding?
- Unexpected bills or scary medical symptoms pop up?
- Your loved one is troubled?
- Your computer crashes?
- Someone wrongs you?
- You don’t feel as close to God as you used to?
Does your mind believe the best, or do you believe the worst?
As long as we live on earth, doubts and fears will track us down. But we need not welcome them. The Bible tells us to take our thoughts captive, because our state of mind affects everything we touch.
Someone said the Bible says, “fear not” 365 times. So, when it tells us to fear something, we want to listen. Hebrews 4:1 says,
Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it” (Hebrews 4:1 NASB).
This passage goes on to recall how Israel, whom God had miraculously delivered from mighty Pharaoh, rebelled against God when He called them into the promised land. Moses sent 12 spies to investigate the land, not to judge whether they should obey God’s command to enter it. All 12 agreed the land flowed with milk and honey. It took two men to carry a cluster of grapes! They observed the land’s fortified cities and mighty fighters and heard the good news that God would give them the land.
But…10 of the 12 spies focused on the giants. They—
- forgot God’s power, not their might, defeated mighty Pharaoh.
- compared themselves to the giants and saw themselves as grasshoppers.
- believed the worst instead of believing God’s good news.
Their fear spread through the camp like a virus and erupted in rebellion. If they wouldn’t trust God after all the miracles they’d experienced, they would never trust Him. God closed the door to the Promised Land for 40 years.
Now the warning in Hebrews makes sense. Over 600,000 fighting-aged men (Numbers 1:46) left Egypt (around 2.5-3 million people total). But only Moses, Caleb, and Joshua believed God would keep His promise.
The majority was wrong. A warning to us: Who are we listening to? Who are we believing—the culture, the media, or God’s Word?
The fearful majority infected a nation. The urgent warning to fear missing God’s rest now makes sense.The fearful majority infected a nation. The urgent #warning to fear missing God’s rest now makes sense. #faith Click To Tweet
Just as the children of Israel’s fears spread through the camp and caused rebellion, our fears and worries are contagious. When we come short of God’s rest, we contaminate others’ faith.
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When my poodles come to the door covered in mud, I don’t ignore their mud. I hose them off. We are not to put our heads in the sand. We take the bad news along with our concerns to Jesus and allow the Word of God to wash us.
When have you been infected with fear and worry? Have your fears ever contaminated another person? How do you guard your faith?
- This fall, I’ll be leading an eleven-week online study for women on Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 p.m. EST. We’ll be covering Little Women, Big God. The women in Jesus’ genealogy faced crushing problems with little power, but they discovered a big God. Contact me to sign up or learn more. Let’s grow together.
- To learn more on how to enter God’s rest: Give Yourself a Break covers ten areas that rob our rest.
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