Posted by: TLC Fellowship | May 3, 2013

Be Anxious For Nothing

By Sonia Jordan, Member of TLC Fellowship

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. ~ Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

I am no Bible scholar; however, I have read enough, listened enough and taken enough Bible classes to know a little “sum’n sum’n.” So, why do I not take heed to what sayeth the Lord? Wish I knew. What I do know is that it does me not an ounce of good not to—and it certainly doesn’t “let my little light shine”.

According to me, I am not a worrier. I profess to take it to the Lord.  I don’t always just leave it there but, I do know to whom I should go. I know He can fix it and I know He will—when He’s ready. See, He isn’t on my time schedule. Me, I want it taken care of now—this instant, not next week/month/year or even in the next ten minutes—NOW is just fine with me. In most cases—no, in all cases, it is a far better thing that He knows what to do and does not lean unto my understanding because my understanding can sometimes be really skewed.

So, I’m no worrier but, I can get so anxious that while my mind tells me I’m not worrying, my body tells me I am. I get agitated, irritable, irrational and extremely sleepy. It’s the sleepy thing that gets my attention—because to me sleep is an escape from what’s really going on. It may well be the only time I am still enough, and silent enough for God to do His business in my life. I know intellectually that He doesn’t need my help, but during my times of being irrational I believe He does—and I put my best foot forward offering my unqualified assistance. After all, He did give me a brain to think—right?

Philippians 4:6 says (NIV) – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.   WOW!!! And I have to add that while this verse can stand alone, it certainly has backup in verses 7-9 and in Proverbs 3:6.  But the “don’t be anxious” part resonates with me. When I start thinking about why I’m anxious, and not what I’m anxious about, I feel ashamed. I ask myself where has my faith gone and why have I let it slip away.

The only answer I can come up with is that the goodness and mercy that God bestows on my life makes me behave like a spoiled child. I start taking Him for granted and expecting that there will be no mountains to climb or ditches to fall into. So when I simply stump my toe my world flips. Lord, have mercy.

Prayer: Father, please forgive me for being anxious when I should be prayerful; anxious when I should be thankful; anxious when all I need to do is present my requests to you—trusting and believing that you have it covered. Thank you Lord. Amen.

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