is what a physician will tell one who has high blood pressure. I have
great respect for physicians, but they don't know how to keep from
worrying. Tell a man who has been accustomed to an active life to sit down
for rest of his life, and you place him where he will spend his life
worrying. It is possible to spend much of our time without worrying, but
faith is the only attitude of mind that will bring it about.
All is out of God. This is a positive statement of Paul in Rom. 11:36. He
makes no exception. John speaks of something that is not of the Father.
But we must remember that God does some things as the Placer, and some
other things as the Father. We are very much accustomed to this in
everyday life. In our county is a man who does thing as sheriff, and other
things as a farmer. The FARMER does not arrest people; the SHERIFF does.
So does the PLACER place every individual and every part of His creation.
There is nothing that is not of Him. But as FATHER, His relationship is to
If all is OF God, it is also true that all is THROUGH Him. And it is
equally true that all is FOR Him. Do we believe this? Many of us profess
to do so, but we deny it in actual practice. It is on the premise that out
of Him and through Him and for Him is all, that we can reasonably exhort
anyone to not let anything be worrying him.
The fact that all is of God, does not shut us off from the privilege of
exhortation. He uses our pleading with others to bring about desired
results. In other words, all is of God, but He brings much it to pass
through means, and exhortation is one of the means.
We present our body in service---I mean in public service. When I am
sitting down, meditating on the Lord, my body is not active. But there are
many things that meditation alone will not do. We must be active. When the
scriptures speak of the body the physical part of man is meant. When the
mind is mentioned, it has reference to the mental part of man. When the
spirit is under consideration, the scripures are speaking of the spiritual
part of man.
We have found, as the scriptures tell us, that meeting in public assemble
for worship and study is beneficial to our spirits. In meeting we have to
present the body. It is fine if we can realize that the body is
holy---that is we should regard it as devoted to God. We may have to work
at our business to make a living, but let us remember that the real reason
why we have a body is that we might use it to the glory of God. This is
what is meant by the word, "holy", in Rom. 12, in reference to
Paul tells us also that we should present the body "living". The
fact that on one can present a dead body, is proof that when Paul says
"living", he means "lively". We should not
"drag" in service. We are to be active and go into the work of
presenting our body as if we are glad to do it. Let us not approach any
service as if we were being dragged by the hand into something which we
The body is to be a sacrifice to God---not a sacrifice to arduous toil
that make us too much fatigued to serve. We are living in a time when the
bodies of saints are too much worn out with either work, or dissipation,
or revelry, to feel other than tired and sleepy, when we come into public
Let us try to be rested. And ease of mind is the best way to rest. Hard
work does not make us too tired to rest, but worry does. If the mind is at
ease, you can grow tired at labor, and then rest when night comes. But if
you are worrying over your work, or anything else, it so affects the body
that you can't rest.
This is why Paul brings in the mind, in Rom. 12. Our mind needs renewing.
It needs freedom from worrying. Paul discusses this just after telling us
that all is of God. We cannot have a fit body without a rested mind.
How, then, do we reach the state of mental rest? The physician cannot tell
us. But Paul has told us. Just remember that all is of God---He is the
source; all is through God---He is the channel; all is for God---He will
use it and get glory out of it. Believing this with all our heart, we can
be at ease in mind, and this, in turn, will make for a rested body, to
present to the Lord in service.
The eon is running in the direction of insanity caused by worry and
non-ease of mind. We, as saints, are to not be conformed to it. If you
will stand at a street corner in a large city and watch workers going to
their jobs in the early morning, you will be impressed with the strained
expression on their faces---manifesting a state of mind that has been
brought on by the constant reiteration by politicians to the effect that
labor is being mistreated by capital. Then watch a capitalist, and you
will see the same strained expression. He distrusts labor, as much as the
worker distrusts him. There is no ease of mind here.
Contrast this with the way the capitalist, Boaz, greeted his laborers, and
their reply. It is found in the book of Ruth. "The Lord be with
you", said the "boss" when he came into the field.
"The Lord bless you," was the happy response. We have gotten
away from it, and there is no ease of mind for either, labor or
management. I am blaming no one for it. But I am saying that the man or
woman of faith is supposed to have a different attitude.
Go into most homes and note the look of fatigue on the face of the
housewife. It is because she has to work so hard? No; it is because she
has not learned to relax her mind---to have her mind renewed. Note the
same in the countenance of a husband. His work would not hurt him one bit
if his mind were at ease.
The saint is supposed to have a mind that is at ease. If faith does not do
this for us, what is the use of having it? If we are going to go through
life worrying, and under a mental strain, let us quit saying we have
faith. Do we encounter opposition? Are there those who try to destroy the
work we have built up? Do we meet criticism on every hand? Is it not of
God? Is not God working all together for our greed? Is there not a
"better world" than the present one---a better home that we
expect to have some day? Why, then worry as if we thought this is the only
place in the universe, and that we have to be masters of our own destiny?
I echo the words of the physician: "Take it easy---Don't worry".
But, unlike him, I have a recipe for doing that. If we are able to fully
and REALLY believe that all is of God, we can take it easy.
Calmness of spirit is restful. It makes for a healthier body. This, in
turn, enables us to better follow the dictates of the spirit, and the
demands of the scriptures, where activity of the body is required.
Youthfulness of spirit is dependent very much on real faith. Faith tells
us that we are in the hand of God. This kind of faith is based on the
scriptures. God opens our hears to receive this blessed truth. It is He
Who not only gives faith, but cultivates it, as well. In Paul's early
ministry he, evidently, did not have the fullness of faith that
characterized his later activities. We find him full of worrying and
apprehension. In his late years he was calm, leaving in the hand of God
the guarding of the precious truth committed to us. Nothing is more
beautiful than his expressions as he looked out on the future. He was
already a libation; the period of his dissolution was imminent; without a
fear he looking forward to the wreath of righteousness which would be his
in that day. he had kept the faith; he had contended the ideal contest; he
had finished his career. Here was evening calmness. As he looked by faith
into the future, he saw no cause for worry, just as he new knew that there
is no cause for worry on "this side".
Yes, take it easy---don't worry. But remember, this attitude is possible
only on the foundation of faith---believing what our God has said.