Don’t Be Anxious
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! 5 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.
Our lives are filled with deadlines and commitments. We need to be at work at a certain time. We need to bring our kids to their game on time. We have bills that need to be paid on time. We’re concerned about our health. These daily life occurrences happen to each and every one of us. Although we have so much more conveniences, there seems to be such a dramatic increase in nervousness and anxiety. Millions of people need to check into Facebook or any other social media platform every few minutes, being anxious about receiving an update.
God doesn’t promise to take away our problems. Some of these anxieties we do have some control over. Perhaps planning the day before and getting a good night sleep can help. However, when it snows and traffic is heavy, that is out of our control. When we center our hopes on things other than God’s will for our lives, we can become anxious. Paul says that we can have the peace of God in our lives when we realize that God is near. With God being near, we can reach out to Him by prayer, thanksgiving and praise. This will take work to get this peace and offload our worries to God.