Anxious For Nothing Because Of The King

November 29th, 2023 – Wednesday Evening 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” ~Philippians 4:6
 
A number of things can cause our hearts to become anxious: Worry, pride, selfishness, bitterness, deceit, hidden (or unhidden) sin, fear, a desire to control that is unmet, doubt, and, I’m sure there are more. Notice that this list is absent from circumstances, other people’s actions, and catastrophe; the reason for those absences is because these things cannot determine our attitudes, emotions, or reactions. Anxiety is not caused by external factors or others’ treatment of us, but by internal thought processes, choices, and actions. That being said, anxiety is a real thing that brings real consequences; its effects affect every aspect of our lives: physical, emotional, and spiritual.
 
Back to our passage… It is easy enough to say “Don’t be anxious”, but it definitely isn’t easy to put it into practice, at least from the human perspective. Yet, God’s Word is always backed by the power, grace, and Spirit of God for those who take Him at His Word; it is possible to live without anxiety. The question is, how?
 
Lest anyone think that the answer is an easy-peasy, pie-in-the-sky cliche, let us take a moment to examine the cause of the causes of anxiety. Each one of the attitudes and choices mentioned above (such as worry, fear, pride, etc.) finds its roots in the sinful nature of man; each one springs from a self-centered or human-oriented perspective that forgets or is in ignorance of the nature and authority of God. Anxiety naturally follows where God is pushed to the side. Therefore, the command to not be anxious and to put everything in God’s hands through prayer is ultimately a command to turn one’s attention away from self and sin to the God who holds all things together by Himself.
 
Stop processing things from a human view that is inept and incapable of seeing reality for what it really is – “The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.” (Psalm 103:19) Cultivate a larger understanding of the Almighty God and Everlasting Father by dwelling on His Word, His character, and His promises instead of entertaining the thoughts and attitudes that lead to anxiety. Humble yourself into His hands and pour out your emotions, worries, and concerns at His throne of grace in exchange for His grace, mercy, and peace. Remember and rejoice in who He is, and the things of this earth will fade in comparison.