My Musings – Anxiety is an uncomfortable feeling of nervousness or worry about something that is happening or that might (or might not) happen. Anxiety can rob us of happiness, because happiness is usually dependent on circumstances. When difficulties arise, happiness fades away. But these difficulties need not rob us of joy, because joy often happens despite circumstances. If that joy is in the Lord, we need not be anxious about anything. In everything (all circumstances), we can petition God to drive out the anxiety and replace it with peace. When this happens, it surpasses understanding because having peace and joy in the midst of all kinds of adversity (in everything) is incomprehensible.
My Advice – When faced with oppressive anxiety, pray. When faced with oppressive anxiety, rejoice (count your blessings) in the Lord. When faced with anxiety, focus on “whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Philippians 4:8, NIV 1984). Put this “into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9, NIV 1984).
Today’s musing was inspired by Pastor Kevin Rutledge’s sermon on November 17, 2019. Check it out at https://www.fbcsycamore.com/sermons. If you live in or are visiting the area, come and join us Sundays at 10:30 a.m. We’d love to be partners in the Gospel with you.