Don’t Worry About Anything

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Don’t worry about anything? How does one do that? We worry about everything. But, truth be told, we worry most about temporal things, material things. We worry about whether we are good looking enough, whether people will like us. We worry about fashions, or fads, but more often than not, we worry ourselves into madness over money issues. Truth be told, again, most of our worries are due to our own faults. Certainly, some worries are appropriate, but even these can be lessened, or ameliorated, if we do what Paul says in the next phrase of verse 6;

“…but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart.” – Philippians 4:6

There is the difference. As human beings we tend to be worriers. If we do not have faith in God, our worries can become overwhelming. They can begin to rule over our lives. We can lose our psychological balance, even become physically ill with ulcers and high blood pressure, among many other things. If, on the other hand, we believe in God, if we believe that, in Jesus, we came to know the true and full nature of God’s love for us, we can also believe, with certainty, that his will for us is that we come to know His peace in the quiet of our humble hearts.

Faith, then, is the cure for what ails us. Always, and in all ways. When worries come to us, as they inevitably will, give them over to God. Ask God for what you need. In faith, we can do this always with thanksgiving, because, as believers in Christ, we know that He will answer our needs according to His loving will, because He knows, better than we do ourselves, exactly what our truest and deepest needs are. He knows how best to meet them, for our good and for the good of all others around us. If we pray for our needs and those of others in humble thanksgiving of the knowledge that;

“…God’s peace, which is far beyond human understanding, will keep [our] hearts and minds safe in union with Christ,” then our worries will disappear, like the fog before the sun. – Philippians 4:7

A believer can, in the end, say with confidence;

“If God is for us, who [or what] can be against?” – Romans 8:31

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.