Anxiety Abounding

You don’t have to be hyper-observant to realize that we live in troubling times, amen? Everywhere I go, there is a sense of worry, of fear.  Every media outlet, be it old-school print, or new-school social, is replete with stories of terrorism, racism, political discord, outbreaks of diseases, natural disasters, wars and rumors of war.  Everywhere you turn, people are talking about these things.  If you’re awake, you’re aware of it.

You could say that anxiety abounds, couldn’t you?  And you’d be right!

As I was thinking about these things today, the words of Paul the apostle to the church in Philippi, written 2000 years ago, yet so appropriate for this day, came to mind:

“Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!  Let your gentleness be known to all men.  The Lord is at hand.  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.” (Phil. 4:4-7)

Just read through those verses a few times.  Let them sink in.  Let them give you proper perspective in these anxious times.

Rejoice…

Be anxious for nothing…  (I’m pretty sure that even means the presidential elections, y’all)

Pray…

Be thankful…

PRAY…

And when you do these things, you’ll have a peace that passes understanding (because, seriously, who of us can understand all this anyway?).  This peace comes from getting your eyes and mind off of the worry and the fear and the terrorism and the elections and getting it on the One Who sits enthroned above it all:

JESUS.

Christians, lets keep our eyes on Him.  Let’s live like we believe what the Word of God says about the times we live in.  Let’s live like we believe God is truly in control (even when we don’t understand it).  Let’s not let our love grow cold, but let’s shine like stars in these dark times by extending the love of Christ, by sharing the good news of the Gospel, by proclaiming the only true hope there is:

JESUS.

 

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