Devos for A Strange, New World – Give Up Your Worry

Worry, fear and anxiety are emotions that are currently running rampant in the world around us. I doubt there is a rational person who hasn’t experienced these feelings within the last month. These times bring many questions to worry about…

How long will life like this last? What will life be like after this is over? Will my parents lose their jobs? Will we have to move? Will someone close to me die because of this?

Life is full of situations that can bring about worry, fear and anxiety. Thankfully, God speaks about how we should deal with these feelings. In Philippians 4:6, we’re told, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

I realize this is much easier said than done, which is why I want you to look back to Philippians 3:7-8. In verses 7-8, Paul recounts how he gave up everything of earthly benefit, all for the sake of knowing Christ. He says, “I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”

When we become worrisome, fearful and anxious, I wonder if it is because we have wrongly placed our value (or worship) in something or someone that cannot truly satisfy.

What is it that makes you worry, fearful or anxious as you witness the events taking place around you?

What do you do with your fears and worries? What do you think are the reasons that you don’t bring them to God?

How would your view of your situation change if you truly counted everything as loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Jesus Christ your Lord?

(Written by William Walsh)

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