19th January 2020

Do Not Fear

“Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)

Does anxiety ever tell your tongue what to say? A dear friend from church shared this story of when her tongue told a different story than she intended: Wilma was hosting a jewelry show at a friend’s house when she accidentally stepped on the dog’s water bowl, spilling water. Quickly she ran to the kitchen to get a towel. Before she could return, her friend saw the water on the floor and said out loud, “Oh no, my dog wet the floor!” Wilma, knowing how embarrassing this would be to her host, anxiously rushed in and blurted out, “No, no, the dog didn’t wet the floor. That was me!”

True story! And a funny one. But often what we say and do out of anxiety is no laughing matter. Have you ever made matters worse by trying to rush in to solve a problem? There are many places in the Bible where we are told to not be anxious. Psalms 37:1 says do not fret. Jesus multiple times told his followers “Do not worry.” Altogether, the most repeated command in all of scripture is “Do not fear.”

The solution to not being anxious or afraid springs from a reality of who God is as revealed in Jesus Christ. In Jesus, we find that God is love. God is full of mercy. God keeps his promises. God is good. Even in a book of laments, Scripture speaks of God’s goodness, which relieves our anxiety and fills us with hope. “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’ The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lamentations 3:21-26).

As we wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord, his goodness enables us to deny worry, anxiety, fear and fret from having a place in our souls. Instead, our words and actions flow out of our hope in God’s goodness. If anxious words are telling you a different story, take time to listen to God’s word spoken in Jesus. Filled with his love, fear and anxiety lose their power.

Prayer
Gracious Father, so often we are too hasty to wait for you. We need patience and the ability to understand that patience is a Godly gift which gives us peace even in a world of turmoil. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Presented by Anthony Mullins
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About the Presenter:
The Day by Day each Sunday is taken from ‘Speaking of Life,’ (https://www.gci.org/videos/media-speaking-of-life/), a public resource video on the USA website of Grace Communion International. Anthony Mullins is a GCI Elder and Lead Pastor of Grace Communion Hickory in North Carolina. He is also Regional Director of the Southeast Region in the United States as well as the National Coordinator of the Intern, Pastoral Resident, The Orchard and Coaching Programmes for Grace Communion International. Anthony and his wife, Elizabeth live in Hickory, North Carolina.

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