There is still a lot of news about the NFL draft and which player was taken where and by what team. Most sports analysts were shocked that West Virginia’s Bruce Irvin was taken in the first round. He was projected as a No. 50 pick and he was taken No. 15! But there’s more…here’s a guy who five years ago was arrested for breaking into a drug dealer’s house and spent two weeks in prison. Then, three months ago he was accused of knocking a magnetic sign off the top of a food delivery car and was arrested again. He dropped out of high school; his mom threw him out of her home. People are just shocked that the Seattle Seahawks are giving him another chance. How many chances do you think this guy should get?
Then Peter came to him and asked, “Lord, how often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven! Matthew 18
You would expect the Bible to have a set number. Hmmm, maybe five chances, no, three, and after that…THAT’S IT! One of his disciples asked Jesus: “How often should I forgive someone who sins against me? Seven times?” Did Jesus say, yeah, that’s about right? NO! Shockingly, Jesus says, “No, not seven times. but seventy times seven!” And, that wasn’t even a specific number, he was saying as long as the person is sincerely asking, there is no limit! Notice, too, he doesn’t put a restriction on what sins can be forgiven. Any and all can.
Have you ever thought: I could never be forgiven for all the horrible sins I’ve committed There are just too many. Reread paragraph #2…it’s all true.
Yes, life can really stick it to you. One day it’s your boss, another it’s your spouse. Your addiction. Your kids. Bills you can’t pay. You spend all day thinking: When’s the next semi going to hit me! The worry eats at you and life is no longer the least bit enjoyable. Yes, we all know life’s not always fair, but when you have to worry about so much…life just sucks.
But, listen to this. I read about a young woman who went to a food pantry in Dallas, Texas, because she had no food, no money, and no place to live. She had no family except her husband who was in prison. On top of that, she had a liver disease and needed a transplant. One of people at the pantry asked her how she was holding up, and she unbelievably answered, “I’m not worried about my life, because I know God will take care of me.” She wasn’t worried about her sad conditions. That’s incredible!
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. 1 Peter 5
This young woman believed what God says. She believed it, she was living it. Jesus said, “Do not worry.” That phrase, in the original language, means “stop being anxious.” Stop it! Quit worrying! It might be said like this: “Don’t be anxious about anything” and “Cast your anxiety on him (Jesus) because he cares for you.” She believed and practiced this despite her health and circumstances. Undeterred by her situation, she was going to live her life.
Do you want to worry less and enjoy life more? Consider exploring for yourself what this young woman found in God. Maybe you too can learn to live life differently…with less worry. Really living your life.