“And Jesus answered and said unto her, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful [full of care] and troubled about many things:” (Luke 10:41)


One day Jesus and His disciples were visiting in the home of His friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus.  Mary sat near Jesus listening to His teaching, but Martha busied herself with making preparations to serve her guests.  No doubt she prepared choice dishes and spread a feast for their enjoyment.  She stopped just long enough to complain to Jesus that Mary wasn’t helping her and requested that He reprimand her. 


Let’s assume that Martha really felt she needed help in the kitchen and that it was Mary’s duty to help out.  But Jesus took the opportunity to look into Martha’s real problem that was causing her to be frustrated.  His response was essentially, “Martha, it’s not just this meal that you are lovingly preparing for us that is causing you to feel tension; you are troubled and burdened with care about many things.  Mary has chosen the good part which will affect her life in a positive way.”


Jesus didn’t love Martha less than Mary.  He would have been pleased to have both of them sit at his feet and listen to words of eternal life.  He wanted Martha to see that she could have a better life if she listened to His teaching and learned about eternal things and worried less.  Apparently Mary was sensitive to attend to the spiritual side of life.

When we allow ourselves to get tangled up with worry and care, we set ourselves up to live a frustrated life.  Everything that confronts us will be magnified and burdensome.  Jesus perceived that Martha allowed everything to bother her, and it resulted in stirring up resentment against her sister, Mary.


Habitual worrying is like fly paper; everything that isn’t “smooth sailing” will stick and push our worry button to be troubled more.  That is a tactic of the devil!  We can’t be troubled and have faith at the same time.  Faith dissolves worry into trust.

Someone has said the devil sets us up to upset us, and he is a master at that.  He plants things to worry about in our mind and “encourages” us to be discouraged.  He knows that will defeat a victorious life.  

If a problem has no solution, it may not be a problem, but a fact—not to be solved, but to cope with over time (to “bear it”).  We don’t always get deliverance from trouble, but the Lord will never leave us to bear burdens alone.  He said His grace was sufficient; His strength is more than enough to enable us to bear what He doesn’t remove.

“Make the least of all that goes and the most of all that comes.”

Mary knew where to find peace and contentment—at the feet of Jesus.  Luke told of a sinful woman who wept at His feet.  Mary worshipped at his feet.  Nicodemus sought Jesus to sit at His feet; the Samaritan woman brought the town folks to hear what Jesus had to say.  Multitudes sat long hours, leaving their chores undone, to listen to Jesus.  We would do well to do the same.


So many things vie for our attention that it is difficult to turn their volume down enough to hear the Lord’s voice.  It takes discipline to have a quiet time with Jesus, take a walk into His Word and hear what He wants to tell us; but it surely would make life so much better if we would deliberately enter into His presence regularly, not waiting until a crisis hits us to cry “Help!”

Worry:  German=to strangle as a noose; Greek=to divide the mind in distractions (Max Lacado).  Worry is a “joy robber.”

“The last time I checked He [Christ] was looking for a bride, not a girlfriend.  One who will stick with Him” (Tommy Tenny in “The God Chasers”)

Our Lord is looking for commitment and real intimacy.  He wants us trust Him more than we do anyone, including ourselves.  He is looking for one who is not fickle but who is loyal and devoted 24/7.  You see, the Lord said…” I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5).  He is always faithful.


I confess that I am a “detail” person and sometimes that makes me a “Martha, Martha.”  When we recognize that trait, it needs remediation.  If we don’t correct it, it will not only be a burden to us, it will be burdensome to everyone around us.  Furthermore, it will rob us of the peace that comes with “casting all your care on him; for he careth for you” (1Peter 5:7).


A “Martha, Martha attitude” knows no gender, class, age or race.  It’s a condition that can afflict anyone.  There is only one remedy, and that is to be a “Mary” who lingers at the feet of Jesus where faith is increased and blessings flow.

Let us not stay on “Martha, Martha” ground, but let us climb out of worry and care to sit at Jesus’ feet where peace and victory abide!


“Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved.  God shall help her, and that right early” (Psalm 46:3-5).



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Consider the Lilies

(Joel Hemphill)


Consider the lilies they don’t toil nor spin

And there’s not a king with more splendor than them

Consider the sparrow they don’t plant or sow

But they’re fed by the Master who watches them grow


We have a Heavenly Father above

With eyes full of mercy

And a heart full of love

He really cares when

Your head is bowed low

Consider the lilies and then you will know


Now may I introduce you to this friend of mine

Who hangs out the stars and tells the sun when to shine

And kisses the flowers each morning with dew

But He’s not too busy to care about you



@ There's Good News November 2011



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