June 15

Anxiety? Exhale!

By: Pastor Jim Schoon

Key Passage: Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, but

in everything by prayer and petition, present your requests to God. And the peace

of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in

Christ Jesus.”


Our passage for today is one that gives great comfort during a time of turmoil and

uncertainty. Paul begins this passage by saying, “Do not be anxious about

anything…” It is true that we have much to be anxious about today, but Paul is

saying there is a better way to live than allowing our anxieties to consume us. He

had great faith in a sovereign God who was willing to be involved in the human

condition.


Therefore, he writes, “In everything, by prayer and petition, present your requests

to God.” Paul was convinced that God was concerned about all of life…from the

empires of the world to the individual heart. So Paul says “everything” that would

cause us anxiety should be offered to God, because God is concerned about the big

picture, as well as the details that make up that picture. He is saying to the church

and all Christ-followers, “If you have concerns that cause anxiety, do not hold

them in, but exhale!” Give them to God.


As we give our worries and concerns to God, Paul tells us that God will bless us

and a sense of God’s well-being will settle us down.


Yes, we have much to be anxious about today, but we have a God who is bigger

than all our anxieties. We have a God who does not want our lives to be wracked

and riddled with worry. We have a God whom we can trust to settle us down and

help us walk through the moment! One of the privileges we have of being a

Christ-follower is we can approach the throne of grace with confidence that we

will encounter a God who will welcome us and treat us as a person of value as we

tell him what concerns us in life.


I would encourage you today, approach God with your concerns, and as you do,

exhale, and listen for God to speak to you. As you do this, imagine God touching

your life.


PRAYER: Our Father in heaven, thank you for being a God who listens to me.

Thank you for the privilege of coming to you with my concerns and cares. In this

moment I offer to you those concerns that are on my heart (At this time, name

them). I cannot handle them alone, and so I give them to you. As I exhale, help

me to breathe more evenly and live more settled. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.