Peace in exchange for anxiety

It’s OK to feel how you’re feeling. God knows how you feel. We feel the way we feel for a reason. The best thing we can be doing with our feelings is to talk to Jesus about them.

Paul writes, “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6) In other words, don’t be anxious and do nothing about it. There is a real danger that when we get anxious, as we all do, we can allow that anxiety to, in effect, snowball – and it can become bigger and bigger in our minds until it gets out of control.

Instead, Paul writes that when we get anxious, “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Force yourself to pray to Jesus. Even if it’s just blurting out to Him what is on your mind. That is a good start. And then say to Him – “please give me Your peace.”

God wants to give us His peace in exchange for us giving Him what we are anxious about. Verse 7 says that when we pray to Jesus and let our requests be made know to Him, that “the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

For most of the world, including Christians, Coronavirus is the thing that is among the top causes of anxiety today. There are bound to be other serious things going in in people’s lives – but Coronavirus and the sociological effects of it is the one thing that most of us have in common.

It’s OK to feel how you’re feeling. Let’s pour out our hearts to Jesus and allow Him to give us His peace and to guard our hearts and our minds with it.

For further reading, you might find the following article useful, entitled: “Caring for your soul in the time of Coronavirus.”

Praying for peace for us all,

Pastor Dave

* Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

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