“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God… will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7Matthew 6:25-34
Attorneys are sometimes called “professional worriers.” Though I’m no longer working as an attorney, I am prone to worry in the face of suffering. But you don’t have to be in a profession whose job is to protect against worst-case scenarios to struggle with anxiety. For many of us, worry is our default mode.
Since my stroke, I find myself with many concerns: What if I am never able to drive a car again? What if I can’t improve my stamina to work a normal job with normal hours? Will I ever be able to hike in the mountains again? And will life ever feel “normal” again?
As these and other questions circle around in my head, I turn my attention to Matthew 6:25-34. The causes of our anxiety come from so many directions and in so many different ways, but here Jesus gives us several reasons why we should not be anxious. I am grateful that one of those is that if we put HIS kingdom first, God has promised to carry our burdens (v. 33). I do not need to be a professional worrier because I have a “professional” Savior!
His purposes will ripen fast,/ unfolding ev’ry hour;/ the bud may have a bitter taste,/ but sweet will be the flow’r. (William Cowper, 1774)