Words from the Heart for Wednesday June 30th, 2021
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
In 2013, an estimated 3 million Canadians — 11.6% of the population aged 18 years or older — reported that they had a mood and/or anxiety disorder. More than a quarter reported that their disorder affected their life “quite a bit” or “extremely” in the previous 12 months. Basic activities and the ability to work are challenging for many. While the majority consulted a health professional about their disorder in the previous 12 months, almost a quarter did not.
As if everyday life doesn’t make us anxious enough, the pandemic has raised the level of anxiety to a completely new level. The Lord who created this world and who loves us in ways we cannot even imagine understands the harm that anxiety brings. It paralyzes us emotionally, has a terrible impact on our physical health and prevents those who love Jesus from living in the freedom and victory that God promises us. How do we deal with this anxiety? Listen to what Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-7: “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.” I love the wording here – in every situation, no matter what is happening in your world, pray. Cry out to God – petition Him. Make your requests to Him. And do it all with thanksgiving. Don’t miss this little phrase, because it is the antidote to anxiety – with thanksgiving. As you pray, consider all that God has blessed you with and lift up your thanksgiving. And you will find God’s peace replacing your anxiety.
These have been words from the heart.