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“Do not be Anxious about Anything”

anxiety[D]o not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV)

“Worry is a cycle of inefficient thoughts whirling around a center of fear.” (Corrie Ten Boom) In Philippians, the Apostle Paul tells us to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (4:6) Are you facing fear today? Many are afraid of losing their jobs; some fear they will lose their health and life to some major disease; and others fear what the future may bring. At times all of us experience fear. But don’t allow your fear to destroy your trust in God. He has kept you thus far; trust Him for the rest of the way. Fear creates a divided heart. It changes our focus of trust and faith in God to a focus on ourselves and our earthly troubles.

“For I, the LORD your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I am the one who helps you.'” (Isaiah 41:13 ESV) “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong.” (1 Corinthians 16:13 ESV) When we begin to worry unreasonably, there is obviously a gap between our knowing how to live and our actually living by faith. We may try to excuse our behavior by saying that “I am just cautious and careful”, but the truth is we too often worry needlessly. I have lost a lot of time by thinking about troubles that never came. Yes, there are many troubles in our world due to Satan’s resolve to separate us from God. These are also due to our own sins and the sins of others. Life is not stress-free, but God can turn suffering into blessings if we trust and run to Him.

According to FearOfStuff.com: “40% of what you worry about will never happen; 30% of what you worry about or fear are things that happened in the past and can’t be changed; 10% of what we worry about are considered by most to be insignificant issues; and 12% of what we worry about are issues about our health that will not happen.” Therefore, much of what we worry over is unreasonable.

When you have problems you should do what is reasonable to solve them. Afterwards, your anxiety will change nothing. It is better to trust in the providence of God and pray, for He holds the future in His hands. “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:6-8 ESV)

God will be with His people during their greatest difficulties and dangers. I am convinced the world shall be ordered and focused for the good for God’s church and His people. “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you. For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. (Isaiah 43:1-3 ESV)

“Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, but only empties today of its strengths.” – Charles H. Spurgeon

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