This is the first devotion in the Holding on By Faith Devotional Series on the blog and today we’re looking at a command given to us in scripture: do not be anxious!
“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.” Philippians 4:6-7
In seasons of life when we are just holding on by a thread, often anxiety can completely engulf us as we envision ourselves being caught by our circumstances. It’s common in these situations to feel trapped, confused, burdened, or even depressed.
But God wants to set us free. God wants us to bring to Him our every feeling, worry, temptation, and pain and surrender them at the foot of the cross. To name what we are feeling. To name our desires. To confess our fears.
Then, God wants us to embrace worship! Worship God for who He is and what He’s already done. As we do so, our fears and anxieties will pale in comparison to the greatness of our God.
It’s in worship that we’ll finally be able to unclench our fists and surrender to God’s Spirit. Furthermore, it’s in that place of complete abandon to God and His will that we will experience the peace of God that transcends all understanding. It’s here that we will experience joy abundant and free – despite our circumstances.
Questions for reflection
- What have you been holding on to with clenched fists?
- How can you make time in your schedule to meet with God and bring these things to Him in silent surrender?
- What Gospel truths can you use to help you worship God in this moment of bringing your heart before God?
Lord, thank You that You alone are God. And You alone see the beginning and the end. I have so many desires, anxieties, and fears but help me Lord to surrender completely. I need Your Spirit at work within me. I surrender all to You. Thank You, Lord, for taking my burdens. Thank You Lord that You are good. Amen.