Worry

Friday, May 23, 2008

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (bolding mine)

Everyone knows these are uncertain times. We have stress. If I really take the time to look at the world, well, I get stressed and depressed. Our nation, our government, the gas prices, the food prices. It all adds up to just stress.

Our Thursday night ladies Bible study has been doing a series on Daniel by Beth Moore. We have spent the last six weeks comparing our culture to Babylon. It has been eye-opening to say the least.

This week she talked about three ways we respond to trying situations.

1. Panic - Do the wrong thing.
2. We can be Paralyzed - We do nothing.
3. We can Pray - We do the power thing.

She talked about how Daniel, when faced with the difficult situation of the lions' den, he had already established a habit of prayer, and he just did what was natural to him. He prayed.

Then she mentioned the verse above with a special note on thanksgiving. When we give thanks in EVERYTHING, we take our eyes off of our situations and onto the Lord. We realize just what the Lord has done for us, and if He did it before, He will do it again and again.

Isn't God great?

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