Our current church movement has placed a huge value on authenticity. We want people to be real. We don’t want behavior modifications, we want life change. We don’t want a show, we want the real raw deal. We want authentic. What has unfortunately happened though is that the “authenticity” has slowly become more unfiltered and raw than was probably ever intended. Our culture teaches us that if we think it we should say it because it’s fake to bite your tongue. If you’re mad at someone act like it so you’re not being disingenuous. We’ve taken “authentic” and turned in into “uncouth.”
Our passage this week told us that when we follow jesus we become more composed. We’re not anxious, we’re not agitated, we’re not worried or volatile. We simply make our prayers to God and we trust what he is doing. Too often we allow the little things in life to rattle us and cost us our gains from follow Jesus. We see someone we don’t like and instead of letting God handle them and praying through it we decide we need to start something. We get anxious and worried and our “authentic” culture tells us to act on that, but God says not to. He says don’t be worried or anxious. You might feel it. It might be real. But you’re better than that. You know better than that. You know God is working and guiding your life and so though you may feel it, you don’t have to give in and live in that anxiety. You can feel it, and not let it lead you.
Are you composed? Has following God faithfully given you the confidence and assurance to sit patiently in your anxiety and trust that God is at work?