Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done (Philippians 4:6).
A friend confided to me the other day that she’s had to go into counseling because she’s worried about the threat of ISIS. The same thing happened again. Another woman admitted to me that she is suffering panic attacks because she’s fearful of threats in the Middle East. These are affluent, suburban women, far from the conflict. But anxiety over the world situation has crippled their hearts. That’s the goal of terror.
It’s Day 6 of 30 Days of Thankful. And you’re probably wondering what in the world anxiety has to do with our discussion of thankfulness. I’d like to suggest that giving thanks may be one of our best secret weapons against worry.
I decided to talk with a friend who serves on the front lines of war, giving relief to refugees. I asked him if he was afraid of ISIS. He answered matter of factly, “We’ve learned to trust God for our protection.” He said these words as calmly as I would have said, “I’ve learned to buckle my seat belt when driving to the grocery store.”
But it was his next words that really got me thinking. “I am overjoyed at the work God is doing among these refugees,” he said. “Many are accepting Jesus. I praise God and give thanks as I see the children reciting Bible verses and taking a bold stand for the Gospel.” There wasn’t a trace of worry in his voice—only gratitude. And joy.
Most of us live far from the front lines and don’t face daily threats from war. But fear and worry can still attack us right where we live. Let’s take a lesson from my friend and simply trust God for His protection.
And let’s follow his example in our own neighborhoods and step out boldly to share God’s love with the broken around us. As we watch God at work, let’s remember to pray and give thanks–and watch fear and worry flee.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).