The Apostle Paul tells us no anxiety should be found in the Christian believer. Great, many and varied will be our trials, afflictions, and tribulations yet, there should be no anxiety under any circumstances. Why? How can this be? Does Paul understand that I am a frail and fragile human being? Who does he think I am a child of God? Yes! That is what a Christian believer is.
Paul explains, because we have a Father in Heaven who is Almighty, who loves His adopted children as He loves His only-begotten Son. In so loving us, His very joy and delight it is to provide for us, protect us and help us and under all circumstances. We should pay attention to the words, “In nothing be anxious,” it is hard, but true. God is almighty, God loves us and God is not a dead-beat Dad, He certainly has the means to provide for every child, including the impatient child.
Living in a right-now world where the prevailing mindset is why should I wait until tomorrow when I want it today creates a real danger for Christians, whatever it may be. The Gospel of Jesus Christ constantly reminds us patience is the foundation of faith and “without faith it is impossible to please God.” You may be as impatient as you like, but if you want God to work for you it is essential that you exercise patience. Patience and waiting are not the same things patience is the ability to wait in peace. Waiting is just that—waiting—more often than not with anxiety and trepidation. We are not to be anxious anxiety and trepidation are not God’s will for His children.
“In everything,” the small issues of life and the great challenges, even the smallest matters of life are important to God. Especially, the very little things, what we know as the trifling things—everything—believing sometime, somewhere and somehow God will deliver. Paul tells us how we are to make our desires known to God; “By prayer and supplication.” By prayer and supplication we are to make our desire known to God, prayer—for ourselves and supplication—for others. As children of God we are not beggars, Paul says with earnestness, perseverance, conviction and above all, faith, we are to commune with God.
To be anxious show a lack of trust in the power and promises of God. When you lie awake at night anxiety will not allow you, by a kind of spiritual instinct, to turn to Him or speak to Him, casting our little cares upon Him in the wee hours of the night. Prayer empowers the believer to cope with whatever tries us in any way, we feel comfortable speaking to our Heavenly Father about it while we patiently wait. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).
One big hole in Christian understanding is the concept of “with thanksgiving.” We should always lay a good foundation with thanksgiving. If everything else were wanting, this is always present, that Jesus has saved us from hell and through him we are now members of the household of God. Furthermore, He has given us His Holy Word—His only begotten Son, His choicest gift and the Holy Spirit. Therefore, we have enough reasons to offer
thanksgiving. We ought to thank God in advance and not wait until after He has granted
us the desires of hearts. Giving thanks in advance is proof-positive that we believe God will do what He said in due season.
“Know of a surety that thy seed shall be sojourners in a land that is not theirs; . .. they shall afflict them four hundred years; . . . and afterward they shall come out with great substance” (Genesis 15:12-14). An assured part of God’s pledged blessing to us is delay and suffering. A delay in Abram’s own lifetime that seemed to put God’s pledge beyond fulfillment was followed by seemingly unendurable delay of Abram’s descendants. But it was only a delay: they “came out with great substance.” The promise was kept, the pledge was redeemed.
Rest assured that God is going to test you with delays; and with the delays will come a level of suffering, sometime severe and other times less severe. Faith is the assurance that through it all God stands by His pledge. The new and better covenant with us in Jesus Christ is an inviolable promise of every lesser blessing that you and I may ever need. What seems as God’s intentional delay and ensuing suffering are part of the promised blessing.
Faith allows us to praise Him for the blessings today; and sustains us as we learn to “wait on the Lord with patience and trembling.” Understanding God’s desire and will to
provide “every good thing” and deny us “no good thing” we can be of good courage and He will strengthen our hearts. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Philippians 4:6-7 “Anxiety” (jeremysells.wordpress.com)