Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Do you ever wonder why some things are in the bible? Like, why did Paul tell us not to be anxious about anything? As we read the verse the answer comes clear: we have no need to fear because we are able to pray to God about any and every thing.
Are you praying my friend? Or do you, like me, do more worrying than praying?
It always amazes me that most of the times when God appears to his people, he first reassures them.
“Do not be afraid.” he tells Joshua.
“Be of good courage, Jeremiah.”
Why do we fear?
The answer is found in Genesis 3. Before mankind sinned there was no shame and no fear – they were perfect. It was after the advent of sin that God had to create a new love language to communicate with his children.
I wonder how he felt when he realized that his fearless creation was now a mass of sometimes irrational fear. I imagine he feels a little like I do when I watch my son struggle to overcome his fear of things that I know are completely harmless. I feel compassion for him because I know that until he conquers his fear he won’t be able to accomplish all the things that he should. In the same way God pities his children.
“I have not given you a spirit of fear, but of power and of love.” Our Heavenly Father tells us.
Why are you anxious, my friend?
Are you struggling to cover your expenses? Do you have a doctor’s visit and are dreading the results? Whatever it is sweet friend our God is telling you, “Do not be anxious about it. Don’t worry.” Instead tell him about your troubles knowing that the God you serve is able to accomplish so much more than you can even imagine. Here’s the thing though: not every request will be granted, sometimes what we receive is peace -a sense of peace that defies logic. Isn’t that a worthwhile trade? I think so.