Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – May 19, 2015
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
My pastor Andy’s recent message (watch or listen free) inspired me to write this devotional.
Trust in God today trumps tomorrow’s worries. When my faith is weak, I forget this and I worry. I worry about future finances. I worry about future health issues, work opportunities and family challenges to come. I become anxious when I obsess over future scenarios. Fortunately, my heavenly Father has a stellar track record of trustworthiness. When I am weak—God is strong. When I am faithless—God is faithful. When I am anxious—God is calm. I am learning to lean into the Lord today and deal with tomorrow when it comes.
Paul was a servant of Christ who could have worried himself sick. The fear of losing his life could have caused him to hide away and keep quiet about his faith. Worries over his health could have restricted his travel and missionary journeys. Anxiety about being locked up in prison could have been an excuse to not be bold for God. But Paul gave his life, and he gained Christ’s life. He traveled the known world spreading the gospel, as the Holy Spirit strengthened him in his severe physical suffering. In prison he chose not to worry—this was needed solitude to pen scripture. Paul learned to trust God with today’s troubles. He faced tomorrow’s worries as they became today’s.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:34).
Worry over our aging bodies can become an unhealthy obsession. Instead we can eat right, exercise and choose to age gracefully, by growing the inner beauty of our character. Fear of future financial security or job success can keep us up at night, or we can look to God for our daily bread and do our very best work, as unto the Lord. We can only control our response in the here and now—and not worry about issues and people out of our control. Worry works against God.
Furthermore, make thankful prayers your remedy for worry. Keen focus on Jesus causes anxiety to fade away. Perhaps you keep a gratitude journal and list people and things you praise the Lord for putting into your life. Record answered prayers and share with your family and friends what great things God has done. When you get quiet before God—He quiets your soul. Celebrate Christ’s faithful track record of trust. The peace of God gives you peace of mind. His peace keeps your heart from surrendering to anxiety. Trust in Christ conquers well armed worry.
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3).
Prayer: Heavenly Father, I release my worry to You and trust You to replace it with Your peace.
Related Readings: Job 22:21; 1 Chronicles 5:20; Isaiah 12:2; John 14:27; Ephesians 3:19
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