In the last post I shared how instead of casting my anxieties on God I chose to obsess over the burdens in my life. I obsessed over them until I grew distant from Christ and experienced the weakness that comes from growing apart from Christ.
Casting your anxieties on God … while sounding quite simple … can nevertheless be quite a challenge. Oftentimes … quite illogically … we tend to be quite possessive of our problems … sometimes to the point of becoming withdrawn.
Despite how challenging it may sometimes seem, Paul raises the stakes substantially for a believer in dealing with anxiety in his letter to the Philippians … consider:
Rejoice IN the Lord ALWAYS; again I will say, rejoice!
Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds IN Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 (NASB)
Rejoice IN the Lord ALWAYS … not just in the good times … but in the midst of trials and tribulation … rejoice IN the Lord in the midst of cancer … or whatever problem you may be in the midst of.
Be anxious for NOTHING … even in the midst of things you don’t understand … be it ascities or potential liver problems … or whatever potential problem you may be facing.
In EVERYTHING by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. OK, no doubt most of us get lifting everything to God by prayer and supplication … but there’s a catch … with thanksgiving. In the midst of fighting cancer, in dealing with a colostomy bag, in struggling with ascities, with potential liver problems ahead … I am to pray with thanksgiving.
How is that possible? In my own strength, it is totally and completely impossible. But with God ALL things are possible. And Jesus said, “ALL things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23 (NASB) And in the passage above Paul wrote, “The Lord is near.”
And what is the result in dealing with your anxieties as Paul taught …
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds IN Christ Jesus.
I don’t know about you … but I want … no, I need … the peace of God that surpasses all comprehension … I need the peace of God that will guard my heart and my mind IN Christ Jesus.
I am so thankful that the Lord is right here in the midst of my anxieties.