Words from the Heart for Thursday November 5th, 2020
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 (NIV)
Do Not Be Anxious
According to a Statistics Canada survey on anxiety in Canada, Agoraphobia is a disorder characterized by an intense fear of public places, particularly places where help or immediate escape might be difficult, like a bus or train, or places where the individual has previously had a panic attack. Agoraphobia can develop at any time, but onset is typically in late adolescence or early adulthood. It affects between 0.5% and 1% of the Canadian population. The annual incidence rate is about 2 per 1000 people.
The Bible can be very practical. God cares about our daily needs. He knows when life is throwing curve balls at you, and when you are overwhelmed and anxious. And He gives some sound advice about what to do when this is where you find yourself. In Philippians 4:6-7 we read, “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.” The command for God’s people, those who have been redeemed by Jesus Christ, is to not be anxious. He also knows that it isn’t enough just to command this. He gives us the steps to overcome our anxiety. It begins with prayer, specific prayers of request. We come to Him with all that is overwhelming us, all that is weighing us down, and present it to Him. And in the midst of it all, we are to sprinkle our requests with thanksgiving. That’s good advice. When we are feeling overwhelmed, it is a good idea to stop to ponder the many things for which we are thankful. When we do, God’s peace will be ours.
These have been words from the heart.