Phil. 4:4-7 Revisited

12 Jan

 4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.
 5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Be careful for nothing!  We want to be free of cares and not full of cares.  I’m carefree as a _____________.  How would you fill in the blank?  Are you carefree as a barn swallow or carefree as a man on his way to debtor’s prison??  When we deal with the topic of worry, we need to revisit Phil. 4:4-7 often.

Chuck Swindoll writes, in his book, Getting Through the Tough Stuff:  Immediately we discover a four-word command that could be rendered, literally, “Stop worrying about anything!”  The word translated “anxious” comes from the Greek verb merimnao, meaning “to be divided or distracted.”  In Latin the same word is translated anxius, which carries the added nuance of choking or strangling.  The word also appears in German as wurgen, from which we derive our English word worry.  The tough stuff of anxiety threatens to strangle the life out of us, leaving us asphyxiated by fear and gasping for hope.

These worries are like some sort of weed choking the life out of us and the only instrument that is effective to cut these weeds away is the Word of God.  God can carry away our strangling worries, but we need to give them to Him.  Thus:  Worry not; pray instead.

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