Philippians 4:6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” 1 Peter 5:7 “. . . Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” Focus: God’s loving concern for us in the midst of all the confusion and complication of our circumstances. When God bids us ‘Be anxious for nothing’, it is not because there are no problems to be bothered about. He knows that we live in a world where we will sometimes have to deal with complicated and devastating issues. It may be a sudden death in the family, or an unexpected loss of employment, or the destructiveness of a hurricane, or house fire. All these things make us fearful, distressed, troubled, and discouraged. God loves us very, very much, and He wants us to know that whatever the situation, He will always be the Solution. He knows that anxiety will make us sick, and He wants to prevent us from ruining our health. To avoid all this, He has given us coping skills. Instead of being anxious about the problem, He bids us to come to Him in prayer. In place of fear and trembling, we are told to present our petitions with thanksgiving. When we give thanks, we are expressing faith and confidence in God’s Promises, and in His Power to Perform on our behalf. God will not always give us swift answers to our requests, but He has faithfully promised that He will instantly reward us with the Gift of His Supernatural Peace. He truly wants us to know, understand, and believe that He really, really, cares. He is a God of Great Compassion, and Commitment. More often that we know, He carries us when the load seems too much to bear. Whatever the problem, whatever the pain, God is always our present Companion, who will give us Counsel, Comfort, and Courage. As we live from day to day, God wants us to ponder on the REVELATIONS which He has given us. When we practise doing this, we will not be so easily discouraged when troubles come. Instead, we shall be strong as we stand on the PROMISES. In the midst of Horror, we shall have Hope. In times of Fear, we shall have Faith. Let us therefore, always remember, that we serve a GOD who cares, and He is more than willing to carry ALL of our burdens.
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