Sunday, October 14, 2007
BE CAREFUL FOR NOTHING
There is a marked difference between being concerned and careful about the important matters of our life and being anxious over things to the point that it drives us to despair. It is said that an average person's anxiety is focused on -- 40% on things that will never happen, 30% on things about the past that can't be changed, 12% on things about criticism by others, mostly untrue, 10% on health, which gets worse with stress, 8% on real problems that will be faced.
What is the answer for anxiety?
God’s Word says, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
We have every reason, as the old hymn states, to take our burdens to the Lord and leave them there. When we carry these burdens on our minds to the point of worry, it should be no burden at all to go to the Lord in prayer. When Christ bore the great burden of our sins and our sorrows upon Himself for our redemption, He went to the cross more eagerly than we go to God in prayer through Him. Consider that His love and care for us cannot diminish or be exhausted; His blood and righteousness will never lose their power to justify us from all things and entitle us (his elect people whom the Father set his love upon before the foundation of the world) to the whole inheritance of grace and glory. God is at peace with His children, and His children are at peace with Him in Christ.
By Bill Parker