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Summary: Are things we do everyday pleasing God?

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The three chief causes of death in the United States are, in statistical order, diseases of the heart

cancer

and disorders of the nervous system.

Two of the three are obviously diseases brought on by the strains imposed on the human body by worry,

anxiety

nervousness

and the tensions of life in our modern world.

Our lives are so geared these days that any contemplation is difficult. I have tried it at the top of St. Michaels Episcopal Church and found it impossible even there.

I well remember leaning out of one the windows-about 550 feet above Charleston-wondering how the city must have looked in the time of George Washington

or Henry Laurens…

when Meeting Street was a cobblestone road, clogged with carriages.

As I stood there, lost in reverie, trying to recapture Washington’s past, I was interrupted by a voice from below asking for me to come back down.

Try standing for five minutes anywhere on the main shopping street of any city,

or in line at a restaurant during the rush of the evening hours.

Observe the surging, seething mass of humanity flowing past you.

Notice the furrowed brows,

the faces lined with anxiety and worry,

the haggard, hurried look.

Above all, notice the tenseness of the people,

the feeling of tension in the very atmosphere.

Its symptoms are obvious-irritation, short temper, frowns, nervousness, impatience…

fighting to be waited on…

struggling against time…

Everywhere is the tension that is just on the verge of hysterics

bitter tears,

screams of impotence and rage

and actual conflict.

Now, at this moment, when you are quiet, you know in your heart that God did not mean us to live like that. We were not made for that sort of struggle for existence. It is against every law of health, every law of God.

The essence and core of Christianity is trust in God.

As Christ traveled up and down the dusty roads of Palestine, He was constantly amazed that human beings did not really trust His heavenly Father.

“Why are you afraid?” He would say.

“How little you trust God!

“Why are you so fearful?

“How is it that you have no faith?

“O men, how little you trust Him!”

By every gentle word,

By every act of compassion and pity,

Christ was trying to show men that God is not only all-powerful, but also all-loving…

nearer to each of us than we know…

always ready and willing to make His power available to meet our needs.

Christ was constantly admonishing men to trust this loving Father, to pin all their faith on Him.

“Have no fear, only believe,” He said to one seeking healing.

“Have faith in God,” He said to a distraught father.

“All things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23)

Now why was it that Christ considered faith-trusting God-so all important?

And exactly what did He mean by “trusting God”?

This is fundamental to Christian faith.

It has to do with our understanding of life.

It has to do with that basic selfishness, which is so often mistaken for grief.


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