“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Be Anxious for Nothing”
(Please read Philippians 4:6-7)
When Jesus was nearing his execution, he told three of his disciples, “My soul is deeply grieved.” Yet he had told them earlier that very night, “Let not your heart be troubled.” Was he then violating his own exhortation to his disciples? The answer is that in view of the ordeal he was about to go through, he was concerned about his immediate future, but he spoke to the disciples of the way to live the rest of their lives –- lives of peace even in the midst of the troubles and heartaches that inevitably would come.
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus had spoken of anxiety, telling the multitude not to be anxious about food, clothing and shelter, but to trust God and depend on him for care. He added, “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Of course we will encounter illnesses, the death of family members, maybe the loss of jobs, and other unpleasant things that are part of life. But worry is just experiencing these things repeatedly in advance, thus multiplying their pain.
So in our text Paul tells how through prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, we can have the peace of God. Part of the path to peace is to let our requests be made known to God. This practice eventually will pay off in the realization that we don’t have to worry (borrow trouble) but can depend on the Lord to take care of us.
Today turn your cares over to God and be “anxious for nothing,” or else you will just be anxious -– for nothing.