Dig deeper into today’s theme with a lesson on overcoming fear and anxiety.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)
This is the definition of anxiety: a state of uneasiness and apprehension, as about future uncertainties. These days there is much to get anxious about, and so many details to work out. Some situations require such patience that I wonder how I will persevere one minute longer. Do you feel like that too?
Would it help you to know that your heavenly Dad is near? When I was a little girl and I found a dying bunny that the cat had dragged home, I knew that my Dad would know what to do. I was sure of it. If my dear old Dad, who is fallible could help, how much more so will my perfect heavenly Father be trustworthy to stand next to me in my worry and concern? For the passage says, “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything.”
I imagine Him holding out His perfect hands and saying, “Child, I am near, you need not be uneasy about your future uncertainties. Do not be anxious about anything.” His presence with me buoys my soul. I trust, and my concerns are completely found, seen, and taken care of in His presence.
He tells us through Paul addressing the Philippians how we are to give Him our anxiety about future uncertainties. We need to hand over the places where we have not trusted Him. In every situation, asking Him in prayer, and asking Him again, with an attitude of gratitude, we can present Him with what we need.
I imagine standing with Him and giving Him a box of my burdens. I have taken care of them myself, decorated the box neatly and carried it around for too long. I am grateful to give it over to Him now. He has proven Himself trustworthy, all the time, every time. I know that I can trust Him with it. He is trustworthy.
As I place the box of burdens in His hands, my fears are washed away and his peace surrounds me. I am surpassed with His gentleness and His sweet freedom. The weight is taken away and I am found in His joy. He has become my joy.
Dear fellow believers, come to this one, this heavenly Daddy, who sees your cares, and is standing near you, waiting to take your box of sorrows. Turn to him and give it to him this day.
Dear Father, I cannot carry these things that I’m worried about today. It’s too much for me, and yet I hold on to them. I’m afraid that if I give them to You they’ll spill over or break. But I know that I can trust You and I know that You are far more able to handle these dreams and fears and worries of mine. So here You go, I lay them at Your feet. Help me to trust You with them. Help me to trust You enough not to pick them back up again. Thank You for Your peace and love, now and always, Amen.
Questions: Will you give your burdens to the Lord today? Have you felt the perfect peace after giving your fears to God?