Philippians 4:5-9 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.
Let’s start this devotion by asking some questions:
• How many of you have a PhD in worry?
• How many of you worry more than you should?
As parents, we worry for our children. As children, we worry for our parents. Some worry about the economy, others about their job security. Still others worry about their health, their relationships, their past, or their future.
However, according to the Word of God, worry has no place in and should not be part of the mentality of a child of God.
When the Bible uses the words "nothing" and "worry," it is speaking to what you and I call "concern."
The word "concern" in the dictionary means: a state of restlessness or fear produced by a difficult situation; a problem; mental strangulation. When we worry, we mentally drown, or we mentally strangle ourselves.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Today, we live in times when there are all kinds of things that concern us. We worry if we don't have money, and if we have money, we worry about how to keep it. And then we worry about how we are going to spend that money. Thus, we always live worried.
Paul tells us (and the Lord Jesus Christ commands us), “Be careful for nothing.”
Let me give you three observations:
A. First, WORRY IS IRREVERENT.
Someone has said that “Worry is an emotional atheism.” In other words, worry makes us emotionally aware that we have become someone who does not put their faith in God.
B. Second, WORRY IS IRRESPONSIBLE.
This kind of concern is wasting today's time to saturate tomorrow's opportunities with yesterday's problems.
C. Third, WORRY IS IRRELEVANT.
Worry is worth nothing –it DOES NOT change the PAST and always ends up ruining the PRESENT!
Let me give you two important things to remember when you are worried.
1. Let’s take into account that the presence of God is always near.
Philippians 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
One of the reasons why, as Christians, we let worry steal our faith when we are in difficult times, is because we forget that God is always at hand.
2 Timothy 4:16-18 At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
2. We need to understand that in His presence, there is comforting peace.
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Peace with God is the result of faith in Christ.
Glory to God for a God who knows how to comfort His children with peace!
Determine to not waste your vacation by returning stronger than ever.
Nothing can be more satisfying than seeing someone trust Christ as their personal Saviour and take steps towards spiritual growth!