Be Anxious for Nothing

I’m actually quite good at this but not in the way it’s intended.  I’m good at being anxious for no good reason.  Our enemy wakes me in the middle of the night and says, “Surely you can think of something.”  And I can, I can always think of something to be anxious about.

But that’s not what the scripture means, is it?  The full text of Philippians 4:6 reads:

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God

Now that’s the complete opposite.  Don’t be anxious for anything.  Seems like a tall order but that’s what it says.

This verse has within it an example of Biblical instruction.  It tells you what not to do (be anxious).  Then it tells you what to do instead (pray).

Then in the next verse it tells you what the result will be:

and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Notice it doesn’t say ‘you will have the answer to your problem within two hours’ or the answer to your problem will come a week from Tuesday.  It doesn’t even say what the answer to your problem will be.

Zoowy.  This is jumping up and down exciting.  The problem, the one that’s keeping me awake at night, is not the problem.  The problem is that I don’t have the peace of God.  The answer to my specific problem may not come in what I consider a timely fashion.  The answer may not be what I would have ordered up.  But just like the problem is not the problem, the answer is not the answer.  The answer is really the peace of God.  Before I look for the specific answer to the specific problem I should pray till the peace of God comes.

The peace of God is the universal antidote to anxiety.

 

 

 

 

Copyright © 2011 by Angus B. Lewis
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About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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One Response to Be Anxious for Nothing

  1. manoahswife says:

    No arguments here! No shortage of things to be anxious about these days for any of us and, you are right, the answer is always the same. If we have the peace of God, we will have the patience to wait it out until the other answer shows up. Thanks for the reminder. Great post.

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