During the Lenten season, staff and church leaders will share a daily devotional. Please join us on the journey.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation 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 4:6-7
Have you felt overwhelmed lately? In today’s fast-paced world it seems there’s always something demanding our attention and we always feel behind. It can be illness, long days at work, events with kids, house projects or one more errand that we just keep forgetting. The big or small things, or the culmination of all of them, overwhelm us and we begin to worry.
I am a worrier, too. I come by it naturally. But God has taught me over time that the worry and anxiety I feel is really part of my inherent, sinful nature. It shows a lack of dependence on God, and that has been a hard lesson for this Type A planner to learn.
Why is it that we are hesitant to turn to God? Before we decide to pray, we often talk through our problems with friends and family many times over. But I had a Bible study leader who used to say, “Don’t go to the phone, go to the throne.” What would change if prayer was our first instinct?
When people think of Lent, they often think about giving something up, but it is also a time to draw nearer to God through spiritual discipline. I’d like to challenge us to pray continually (1 Thes. 5: 16-18) and as this verse says, “in every situation.” When you’re worried, pray. When you’re struggling with uncertainty, pray. When you’re feeling lost, take it as a reminder to pray.
God desires for us to live a life of peace and to turn to Him when we are weary.
I hope, and, more importantly pray, that during this Lenten season you are able to find peace with God, to rest in his mercy and greatness and remember as Romans 8:38-39 promises: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Prayer: Lord, help me cast all my anxieties on you. Amen