In verse five it says, “Let your gentleness be evident to all. For me, it communicates trust in the Lord. He is in control and we don’t need to get worked up and frantic in whatever difficult situations we may find ourselves in. Stay calm! How? ‘Or’ What? The next sentence of this verse tells us: “The Lord is near! He is with us in the boat, as he was with his disciples in the storm on the Sea of Galilee! He will never leave us or forsake us. Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death, we can say like David, “I fear no evil, for you are with me. We need not fear because the Lord, our shepherd, is also with us! (Psalm 23:4).
Verse six tells us. (I am using the Living Bible paraphrase here). ” Do not worry about anything. Instead, pray for everything. Tell God your needs and remember to thank Him for His answers. It’s the prescription! With the help of the Lord, we can stop worrying. We can stop dwelling on all the negative circumstances we may be facing. And don’t forget to thank the Lord for what he has done and is doing in your life! Along with prayer, gratitude is an antidote to worry!
It’s okay to have legitimate worries and concerns about our lives, but how do we learn to cast our worries on the Lord? When we do, we will find that he will sustain us, (Psalm 55:22). It will give you the strength you need. In other words, stop trying to carry the burden of worries and concerns all alone. Give them to the Lord. He can handle them! As Peter said in 1 Peter 5:7, “Cast your worry upon him, for he cares about you!” He loves you and cares about you! Think about it. Believe it.
So, what will be the result of taking this “prescription”? Simply this, as we see in verse 7: “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Jesus said in John 14:27, “I leave you alone. My peace I give to you. I do not give you as the world gives. Don’t let your hearts be troubled and don’t be afraid.
So take your prescription. This medicine is good for you!
Jim Newman is pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Exeter. He can be reached through by calling 559-592-2367 or by email [email protected]. Prays Together is a rotating column of faith-based commentary and advice among pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God of Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community Church as well as Lemon Cove Community Church.
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