“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.”
– Philippians 4:6 NKJV
The word “anxiety” is used quite commonly in popular culture today. Since the wave of mental health awareness, more people are quick to admit their anxieties and identify their source. Other times, it’s used merely as a buzzword.
Anxiety can usually result from unmet expectations or a long-standing need with delayed answers. It is defined as “a feeling of worry, typically about an imminent event.” However, as believers, God will not have us anxious.
Apostle Paul gave the Philippian church, and us by extension, clear instruction in our anchor scripture; “do not be anxious about anything.” This means that it is possible to live free of anxiety, it is our heritage as believers. When we’re anxious, and choose to stay that way, we display a lack of trust in God and His power in our lives.
Imagine you met a wealthy person who promised you a huge sum in the future. You know that this person has a track record of keeping promises because you have seen him come through for others in the past. Because you know this person’s net worth, ability and track record, you’re rest assured that they’ll come through for you too.
Being anxious about God’s promises shows a forgetfulness of His track record of faithfulness to His word.
His word to the Israelites was to “be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you” (Deut. 31:6, NKJV).
Like the Psalmist, your testimony with reckless abandon should be that “the Lord will not reject His people; He will not abandon His special possession” (Psalms 94:14, NLT).
Dear believer, listen, if God has said it, He will do it. Renew your mind to bank on His word. It has been said that “hope deferred makes the heart sick” (Proverbs 13:12), but you must make a resolve to strengthen your heart as you wait for His promise.
If you find yourself anxious, you can “give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you” (1 Peter 5:7, NLT).
When Apostle Paul instructed us not to be anxious, he did not stop there but he instructed us on what to do instead. That instruction is to pray about everything with a heart of thanksgiving for what God has already done. This gives us a better perspective on waiting on God’s promises.
As you pray, do well to seek wise counsel and encouragement from your spiritual leaders, brothers and sisters in the faith, and licensed professionals, if necessary. Never forget that God can never forget you. He’s always on your side!
Bible Reading Plan:
John 11:45-57, 1 John 4:1-6, Job 15:17-35, Ezekiel 42-44