We live in an anxious time. The media sells fear and anger which increases our anxiety. How do we cope? Are there antidotes to anxiety?
The Apostle Paul was in a prison in Rome when he wrote the small letter to Jesus’ followers in Philippi. He faced an uncertain future. He could have been executed by Nero at any time. He had no freedom of movement, no control over his circumstances and no assurances about the future from a human perspective. You would think he would be filled with anxiety but he was not. Take a minute to read this passage from Paul.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:4-9)
Here are some questions to ponder:
- What causes anxiety in my life?
- How have I historically handled anxiety?
- What antidotes to anxiety do I glean from this passage?
- What is the Lord saying to me from this passage?
Maranatha (Come Lord!)