Nov 1st, 2021
War: The Battle for Rest
By: Greg Chandler
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Philippians 4:4–7 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

I generally leave my phone on silent. But back in early January, my father became very sick, so I knew I would need to receive calls even in the middle of the night. Each time my phone would ring, the news about dad got progressively worse, and I began to dread the phone ringing. He eventually passed away. I recently heard that ringtone and it caught me off guard, immediately taking me back to those difficult days and nights in January. I had to work through some anxious tension and feelings of sadness.

Max Lucado, in the opening paragraph of his book Anxious For Nothing, said it well: “It’s a low grade fear. An edginess. A dread. A cold wind that won’t stop howling. It’s not so much a storm as the certainty that one is coming. Always coming. Sunny days are just an interlude. You can’t relax. Can’t let your guard down. All peace is temporary. Short-term.” That’s anxiety.

The book goes on to describe things that can create anxiety. Really, volumes could be written about that. But it occurred to me as I read that something was missing. The book was written in 2018 so there was no mention of a pandemic! That, alone, has made our worry list all the lengthier!

Lucado uses Philippians 4:4–7 as a basis for some great teaching on anxiety. We’ll use that as our guide for this week’s devos.

Take this very moment and notice what’s worrying you. See your Father, with open hands, inviting you to hand it over. He can handle it.

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