Friday, January 30, 2015
Last night a friend and I went to hear Eric Metaxas talk about his new book, "Miracles." It's interesting that in Dallas over 1,000 people will attend an event where the author is basically hawking his work, but it was a great two hours.
One of the things he said was "if Phil. 4:6 is true it means you have to deal with it". Those aren't exactly his words, but it's what I heard. In the first four words of verse 6 are some mountains for us to climb. "Be anxious for NOTHING" are huge words, giant concepts and four words that demand we stop and address them.
IF there is a god and IF he's the God of the bible and IF he's all powerful and IF he really loves you and IF he said he would take care of you and IF...
Well, you get the idea. If those things are true, and they are along with many more important truths, then I must deal with these four words, be anxious for NOTHING! Nothing? Really? I can't, rather shouldn't, worry about anything? NOTHING!
And when anxiety comes, when worry invaded the following words give direction..."but in everything..."
The author only talked about this verse for a moment, but my mind raced to what it would look like to really live out "be anxious for nothing." As a well trained worrier this will be difficult, but I'm committed to memorizing and living out these verses.
And, there is another aspect to this we have not mentioned yet. Be anxious for nothing implies that God really does care about everything in our lives! He's with us, he's on our side, he wants to help. He's small enough to be interested in me, but big enough to deal with anything I face.
Now that's a God I can worship!