Read Nehemiah 8:1-11. Do you have much to worry about? We are in the middle of a cost of living crisis. The financial markets have been in turmoil. There is a war being waged in Ukraine. Sometimes, it seems even our streets are not safe. Most of us have plenty to worry about!
How can we learn to worry less? Nehemiah and God’s people had plenty to worry about too. They faced severe opposition to the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls. They were on the brink of war as the work continued. Then as they read the Book of the Law they realised just how far away they were from being the people God wanted them to be. No wonder they were worried!
But worship helped them to move their focus from their worries to focus their lives on God instead. As they did so, they were able to lift their eyes from their worries and celebrate God with great joy!
Once a week we are called to come together with a family of God’s people to refocus and to re-centre our lives in God. When we do, our worries can melt away. If you want to worry less, then worship more!
THINK IT OVER
Think about the following:
- How would life be different if you gave your worries to God and worshipped him instead?
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