I traveled from Kentucky to Tennessee yesterday on my favorite route. I was on I-75 for an hour, then pretty much the rest of the way home on a divided highway – four lanes of traffic – two going one way and two going the other way.
As I drove the divided highway, I thought about the sermon I heard at my parent’s church the day before. The text was Philippians 4:6-8 and the pastor spoke about living without worry in a chaotic world. He explained the word, “worry” comes from a Greek word meaning, a divided mind. Just like cars whizzing in two different directions, when I worry, my thoughts are going in the direction opposite of God’s path for my life.
Verse six says to be anxious for nothing – in other words, don’t worry about anything. The pastor reminded us that worry chokes out the Word of God, as we read in the parable of the sower.
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful. Matthew 13:22
The resolution to worry is prayer.
But in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God, and the peace of God, which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
In other words, the route has two paths to take, the path of worry and the path of peace. The automobile that gets us to the path of peace is prayer. What better views are on the path of peace, than the divided highway of worry!
What has your mind going in two directions today? Stop right now and pray about whatever situation is on your heart. The destination of peace is just ahead, if you’ll do that, friend.
Anxiety or peace? It’s our choice. Which road will you travel today?
The phone rings and it’s the doctor’s office, calling to give the results of the lab work that was recently done.
Your teenage daughter has a painful look in her eyes. She has seemed distant and removed from you and the Lord in recent weeks. She asks to speak with you.
Your boss sends an email telling you he’d like to speak with you at your earliest convenience.
You pick up the newspaper and read the headlines about yet another innocent group of Christians being persecuted for their faith.
There are hundreds of scenarios in which we could find ourselves filled with sudden fear – that terror that falls over us quickly due to some event in which we have no control. You’ve been there, I’m sure. We all have. We weren’t really prepared for the news or the event. Maybe we didn’t handle those situations so well in the past.
But for those future moments, we can prepare ahead of time, simply by hiding a secret piece of ammunition on our person – it’s the Word of God. Open up your heart and tuck this truth away:
Be not afraid of sudden fear,
neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.
For the Lord shall be thy confidence,
and shall keep thy foot from being taken.
Proverbs 3, 25, 26
At that moment when the sudden terror wants to grab your heart, your emotions and your will, pull out the Truth that can enable you to handle this difficulty wisely and calmly.
- The Lord will be your confidence – Pray. You don’t know what to do, but He does! He will show you the next step to take that will lead you to victory, rather than defeat. Turn to Him immediately and ask for His intervention and guidance.
- He’ll keep your foot – Rest. He’ll not let you slip! Remind yourself that the Lord will keep you safe and secure. “No good thing will He withhold from them that walk uprightly.” Anything that He allows to touch your life has come through His sovereign hands first. You are still in His grip.
The best way to deal with anything is to be prepared. The Lord has given us everything we need to keep us from sudden fear – the Truth of His presence and the help of His hand! Don’t be afraid!
What sudden fear has you quaking? Pray and rest in these Truths today!