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Don’t Be Anxious

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Don’t be anxious! Easier said than done. There are so many things that could make us anxious. The economy is one of them. For some – the market rising is a good thing – but so many are not invested in the market. For some – we might be nearing retirement and aren’t sure if we will be able to make ends meet. For some – we may have just lost a spouse and their pension and are having a hard time remaining where we are currently. I could go on and on – the economy could be cause for anxiousness.

Don’t be anxious! Easier said than done. There are so many things that could make us anxious. Our health is one of them. For some – we’ve never felt better. For some – we might be facing a disease that could threaten our life. For some – we might be currently limited in what we can do by our health issues. I could go on and on – health issues could be cause for anxious moments.

Don’t be anxious! Easier said than done. There are so many things that could make us anxious. Family relationships could be one of them. I know people who haven’t talked to family members for years – even decades – and it can cause anxiousness. What about relationships with our spouse? What about relationships with folks at church or at work? I could go on and on – relationships that are having issues can be cause for anxiousness.

Today’s passage talks about not being anxious about anything – but trusting in the Lord. Here’s today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 4:4–9 – 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Trusting in God rather than in what we can control is the only way to have peace. There are too many variables in most situations to think that we can control them in order to avoid anxiety. For instance I can plan to work 40 years – have a job with a good pension – save significant money – and feel like I have things well in control – but the economy could turn and I could lose part of my pension or savings in the market.

We need to put our trust in Jesus! We need to rely on our deep and abiding relationship with Jesus to help us heal other relationships – to heal family relationships – to deal with aging and more.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way!

P.S. Remember what I always say about Christmas – don’t go into debt for Christmas!

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December 13, 2017 - Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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