Worthy of Trust?
Verse 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Paul continues his list of reminders before closing out his letter to his friends. Today we will talk about the first part of this verse, don’t be anxious.
Anxiousness and worry are things that each of us can relate with. We all know what it means to fret over a topic that we wish we could fix or have control over. Whether it is the future, our kids and their choices, the health issue that has just arisen in our lives, aging parents or a million other things, we are never at a loss of things to obsess over.
We have all probably said something like, “I know I shouldn’t worry but…” We know it isn’t something we should do but we can’t seem to help ourselves. Each day seems to bring new problems to stress over and if it doesn’t there is always yesterday’s worries still sitting there awaiting an answer. We can run ourselves around in circles of thinking digging a deeper and deeper trench in our thinking about the various issues that we find concerning.
It wasn’t that Paul had nothing that he could worry about. Remember, he is writing this letter from jail knowing death was likely his only out. No, Paul knew the key to ending worry. It was remembering that he wasn’t in control, God was.
In theory we also know that we don’t have to be in control because God is but that doesn’t stop us from our fretting. We say we have total faith in God but our thoughts and actions don’t always confirm that. To have total faith in God would be to accept that He is in total control and that He can handle it. Often when we worry, what we are really revealing is that we think He should trust us. That is kind of hard to accept, isn’t it? We don’t want to admit that we have trust issues but that is exactly what our worry and anxiety say. That is why Paul says not to be anxious about anything.
Making It Personal
Do you consider yourself an anxious person? How long has it been since you stressed about something? What needs to change in your thinking so that you don’t worry?
Making It Personal Kids
What as some things that you worry about? Why do you worry about them? Can you trust Jesus to take care of them?
Father, we confess that we don’t trust You enough. Please forgive us for trusting ourselves more than we trust You. Help us grow in humility. In Jesus’ name, amen.