Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
How many times have we quoted this passage of Scriptures to others when they were worried or experiencing anxiety over something they were unsure of? Have you ever meditated on it and spoke it to your own spirit when you were facing something that concerned you – a follow-up doctor’s visit, your annual review with your boss, finals in school, a first date?
When I was spending time with God this morning, verse six kept coming to mind as we talked about my ministry. You see, being anxious isn’t only about a fearful anxiety, worry, or uneasy anticipation. Sometimes it’s about the things you are craving, impatiently waiting for, that are taking longer to come to pass than you would like, had hoped, or [pointlessly] planned.
I hear all the time parents say, “I can’t wait till [my child, the children, ‘child’s name’] is [whatever they believe the magic age is at that moment] or [out of the house] because then [whatever they are anxious to happen] will be possible. Sadly, we all live our lives that way in some aspect.
“When I make $x.00, then my life will be easier.” – So we work harder and longer hours.
“When I lose x lbs, then I will be comfortable in my own skin.” – So we try diet after diet or spend hours in a gym.
“When I get married, then my life will be complete.” – So our happiness hinges on nuptials that we may be preventing ourselves because we’re so bent out of shape striving to be something we’re not to attract someone we thing will make us happy.
Be anxious – living more for that moment/event/status – for nothing.
Sounds like a command to me. And God said we follow commands when we love Him. So, if you love God, you should spend some time with Him this today [right now is always a good time to spend time with God!] and ask Him where you are being anxious. Is it in your finances, career, your relationships, your body, or anything other than God?
Don’t fear. Don’t overly anticipate something. It’s all idolatry because you’re putting more emphasis on that than you are on God’s planning, God’s timing. If it’s something in your control (losing weight is all you, darling), check your obedience on what God is telling you to do/not do. Don’t expect to lose weight when you refuse to move or put down the 700 calorie latte. Don’t expect to get ahead in your finances when you spend money you don’t have and have no budget. And don’t expect to get married and find “the one” when you’re not even a good roommate to yourself – keep your home as if you’re already married!
Blessings and shalom,