What makes you nervous? Not having a plan? Not confident of your plan? Constantly thinking about what other people think about your plan? Worrying that they won’t appreciate or go along with your plan?
Or maybe you’re just the high-strung, anxious, excitable type, jumping at loud noises, and screaming when someone sneaks up on you. My uncle Wylie used to call someone like this a “nervous Nellie.” Being a little skittish or neurotic isn’t a bad thing, it could be caused by any number of things. Getting worked up and overwrought about things we can control is one thing, but getting stressed out and agitated about things beyond our control… well, at that point in order to “chillax,” a person needs a strong faith.
I’m not talking about faith in karma, or some existential or pollyanna type faith. I’m talking about a foundational belief system based in evidence and experience, to which a person turns when life around them seems to be falling apart. When the unthinkable happens and the unimaginable results. What then? What kind of faith handles this part of life, helping us not fall apart at the seams of our being?
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible.
Faith is not just a girl’s name. Faith is not just some ethereal ideal, or sophomoric whim. Faith is choosing to believe that the world we live in was prepared for us by the Creator, who then instituted life in all forms, including ours. The Bible says this is what the “ancients” believed when they looked up into the night sky, blazing with a million tiny lights. The “ancients” believed the Creator formed all the plants and the animals, and ultimately created human life. The “ancients” believed that this Creator of all things didn’t just create and then abandon His creation to fend for themselves in a hostile environment. Rather, they believed that the Creator, once finished with the creative process, went about the business of revealing Himself to the human creature in ways that constituted a relationship.
In this personal relationship, the primary revelation God wanted humans to hear was, “do not be afraid.” While God spoke to and through these “ancients” to reveal Himself, more recently in the “near” ancient time, God has revealed Himself through His Son.
God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.
In fact, He has spoken of how all things will ultimately be wrapped up and put right when Jesus, the Son of God, returns a second time. You can read and study all about that if you click here.
For the nervous Nellie, for the strung-out, the over-excited, the skittish or neurotic, who believe the world is on a mission to self-destruct, and there is no hope… God says, “Chillax, I got this.”