Worry. We know we shouldn’t do it as much as we do. But we do it anyhow.
Almost anytime the topic of worry comes up in conversation someone (usually with really good intentions) will toss Philippians 4:6-7 into the mix:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)
Good verses. I believe them.
However…sometimes hearing them is a bit like someone telling you to not think about a pink gorilla. Go ahead. Give it a shot. Stop reading, close your eyes, and don’t think about a pink gorilla.
How’d that work out for you?
Now, multiply that times 10 (or 100) and that’s what it’s like to look into the face of all the uncertainty ahead and have someone say, “Hey, don’t be anxious about anything.”