“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.” — Philippians 4:6-7
Challenges will come. Challenges will go. Uncertainty and discouragement can quickly take over in these times.
The past year has been a prime example of this. We have watched some unbelievable events and experiences. We have watched our world change in unexpected ways. Fear and anxiety seem to be ever present at every turn. Our nation has been broken and the people have become weary. This is more uncertainty than most of us have ever experienced. It appears as though the world will never be the same again.
However, amidst all the uncertainty, God is still working in and through these times. He constantly reminds His people to not be anxious and trust in Him. “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” (Philippians 4:6-7). Fear and anxiety can be crippling. Do we choose to fear the things of this world? Or do we choose to trust in God and seek His peace?
There is a choice to be made. Choosing to fear the world is to be concerned of pain or danger or threat. The choice to trust in the Lord to take care of us is to learn to let go and let Him lead. Even in circumstances when it seems impossible or it doesn’t make sense, God never abandons us.
This doesn’t mean that the experience of fear and anxiety is invalid. Recognize these feelings, and give them to God. He will provide peace (Luke 14:27). Embrace the circumstances, lay the burdens at His feet, and know that God is at work in and through it all.
— Leah Stauffer
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