ANXIETY VS PEACE: PHILIPPIANS 4:4-7 (Philippians 4:4-7)Andrew de Kanter, February 4, 2018
Part of the PHILIPPIANS series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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. - Philippians 4:6
Anxiety is a complicated emotion. It is a strange mixture of desire, fear and unbelief. We have intense desires for things to go a certain way, and sometimes we hold on to those things with a vice-grip. This is because we are afraid that if things don't turn out in the way we want them to, everything in our lives will spiral out of control. We want to be able to pay our bills on time, for things to go smoothly at work, and for our kids to turn out right. We are afraid, because in our hearts, we believe the lie that we are alone and without a Father who loves us. Our stomachs churn with anxiety.
Some of us have dealt with so much anxiety that we seek to numb it. Others of us choose to distract ourselves with other things. I know Christians who seem to try to cultivate a "holy" indifference as a way to mask their inability to handle stress. However, the Lord does not want for us to live in anxiety, numbness, distractedness or indifference. He wants us to turn to him and to bring our anxieties to him. When we do, we will experience his wonderful peace that is beyond anything we could imagine or even fully explain (Phil 4:7).
All these things are only possible because the Lord is near. He is never too far way for us to turn to him with our anxieties and for him to receive us. He is our Father whose lap is always open to crawl into. He will listen. He cares. He loves us.