In Philippians 4:6, Paul says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” And then in Philippians 4:19 (just a few verses later), Paul gives the liberating promise of future grace: “My God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
If we live by faith in this promise of future grace, it will be very hard for anxiety to survive. God’s “riches in glory” are inexhaustible. He really means for us not to worry about our future.
We should follow this pattern Paul lays out for us. We should battle the unbelief of anxiety with the promises of future grace. When I am anxious about some risky new venture or meeting, at times a regular battle of unbelief with one of my most often-used promises.
The day I left for college for a visit with my dying father in the hospital gave me this promise from his bed. Never forget me nor your faith in God. For years I must have quoted it to myself hundred times to get through periods of challenge and opportunity. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Over many the many days, weeks, months and years of our lives we have the ability to ward off anxiety with this promise. When times come for which the motor of my mind is in neutral, the sweet hum of the gear moving in our favor is the sound of Isaiah 41:10.
Share a time when you know God has supplied your every need as well as those of a loved one. Your share here will bless another and I promise to write you back.
See you next Sunday,