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Worry – The Disciple-Maker’s Devotional

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God…”
– Philippians 4:6

Worry is of no value except when it first signals the need to pray. That awareness is God’s call to action. Beyond that, worry is worse than useless!

If your world has suddenly changed, today’s excellent news is – God hasn’t! The Bible says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Equally important, His life giving presence is with us every day through thick and thin. The Lord promised, “…I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) His faithfulness is why we can live without fear, self-pity, or anxiety. Worry is incompatible with our Christian faith. It is the antithesis of prayer that is accompanied by relaxed confidence and thanksgiving.

God’s Word describes us as “…fearfully and wonderfully made…” (Psalms 139:14). We were each created in God’s image with emotions and the capacity to feel both peace and pain. The One who sustains us and loves us in our everyday situations is the same One who made us (John 1:1-5). Rather than living with anxiety about our circumstances, we are invited to turn our problems over to Him. This is why Peter instructed us saying, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)

This morning, will you bring your needs, fears, and personal anxieties to the Lord? The Bible assures us that He cares about our needs and wants to provide for our encouragement, strength, and well being. He is not overwhelmed by our most trying challenges, and “In this world you will experience tribulation…but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world…” (John 16:33)

Our inner peace derived from trusting God is not naïve as the lost might suggest; to the contrary, it is the hallmark of spiritual maturity. History acknowledges God’s mighty power. The contentment we enjoy simply comes from resting in His limitless ability to use even our failures to fulfill His promises! The Bible says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

A positive, worry-free attitude reflects our confidence that God never changes. It is this inner assurance that lays the foundation for our witness to others. Think quietly about today’s instruction. Then, as you pray, remember that true happiness cannot coexist with anxiety!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
– Proverbs 3:5-6

By Billie Hanks Jr.

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  1. This is so good today! Thanks Billie for the reminder to cast our anxieties on the Lord instead of allowing them to fester and get out of control!

    1. Amen. Thank you Michael, for your encouraging reply.

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