Do Not Be Anxious
Read Philippians 4:4–7
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
In this passage, Paul tells us not to be anxious about anything. Why? Because the Lord is near. Again, we need not be anxious or worried because we can trust God. He will care for us and provide for us. He may not do it in the ways we think He should, but the more we grow in trust, the more we will surrender to His ways. This takes practice and time.
- What would it mean for you, in the midst of worry or anxiety, to think about the truth that the Lord is near? Practice reminding yourself of that truth.
- As we continue to practice trusting God, identify an attribute of God that is most important to you. Why is that? How does that attribute help you trust God?
- What worries are weighing on you today? Identify them by name and ask God to bring you comfort and to remind you that He is trustworthy and loving.
God, as an act of trust, I place my worries of today in Your hands. Calm my mind and heart and grant me Your peace. Amen.