Once upon a time there lived a Sunday school teacher who patiently taught her young students about casting their cares on the Lord and depending on him in times of trouble. They were impressed and encouraged by her faith.
Then one day trouble came into the life of this teacher. The students were amazed and disappointed by the way she fretted, worried and complained. Acting as if there was no reason to rely on God, she undid all the good her previous instruction had accomplished. One of the students went so far as to say, “I thought it couldn’t be true, all this talk from Miss Smiley about how we should rely on the Lord for everything. Sure enough, now I see that it was just Sunday school talk, for she doesn’t even believe it herself.”
If we want our loved ones to depend on the Lord, no amount of talk will convince them unless they see us truly trusting in times of trouble.
If we spread gloom and anxiety, surely we cause our friends and neighbors to wonder if the name of our Lord Jesus is anything more than a meaningless phrase. Paul tells us to be “letters from Christ” (2 Corinthians 3:3), known and read by all men. Actions speak louder than words, of course, and casual conversations often carry far more weight than the most eloquent sermon.
What are we saying?
How are we acting?
Do we live out the faith we talk about?
Since we are loved by the one who knows every detail of our lives and has promised to be with us forever, may we never be seen as worried or gloomy Christians. Rather, let those who watch us be attracted by our joy, compelled to ask the source of our hope and our contentment.
(Content drawn from the work of Hannah Whitall Smith.)