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Stress relief

July 10, 2017

We tend to worry about a lot of things. And the people we know, the more we worry. The more stuff we have, the more we worry.

Then again, when we don’t have many people in our lives or much stuff, we probably worry just as much.

Some might argue that worry is just a sign that you care. The more you worry about someone, the more you care about them.

But is that true?

Don’t we really worry because we don’t have someone or some events or something completely under our control?

The root problem with worry is not that we care so much, but that we want to be in control. And when a wide range of variables starts to rear its ugly head, we worry more.

That’s why Paul’s words to the Philippian church is important for us each day:

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4-7).

The negative – what we should not be doing – is in verse six, “Do not be anxious about anything.”

Commands before – rejoice and be reasonable – and a command after – pray – help frame up the solution to worry.

  • Rejoice in the Lord – be thankful for what He has done. Get an eternal perspective. Remind yourself of who God is, what He has done so far, and what He can do.
  • Be reasonable – how much of our worry is really unreasonable? We worry about things that would take an amazing collision of the planets for it to happen. Step back and think through reality.
  • Pray – Prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. Not just a list of whining to God, but putting your requests out there, seasoned with thanksgiving. Again, to think about what God has done, who He is, and what He can do.

The conclusion. What do we get out of this?

“The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” You may not be able to understand it. But you’ll have a peace from God that will keep your heart and mind from wandering and worrying.

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