Worry and Peace: The Challenge

Today we begin a new series with our Spot of Grace. I would like to focus on an area that I have personally wrestled with a great deal over the years. I would like to consider the issues of worry and peace. I write about this because I have prayed a lot about this matter. So let's start with the challenge of worry.

A number of years ago I was flying on an airplane between the United States and England. I had flown many times before, but this time was different. During the flight there was some minor turbulence and I felt a deep sense of worry and anxiety. The anxiety got to the point where I felt I couldn't move. I felt paralyzed with worry. I started to think about what would happen if this plane crashed. Have you ever been worried to the point where it impacts your life? If you have experienced that kind of worry, I pray this series will encourage you.

I grew up in a family where worry seemed commonplace. I observed my family as they worried about all kinds of things. Money was tight, relationships were hard sometimes, and life could just be busy and burdensome. I began to think about our faith in Christ, and about how great and powerful God is. I asked myself, “Why do we worry so much?”

As I thought about the worry and anxiety that I've experienced and about the peace that God promises, some questions came to me: Where is my faith when I worry? Why do some people struggle with worry and others don't seem bothered even in tough situations? Does my faith really impact my everyday life?

In this series, I’ll share with you some of the challenges I've experienced with worry. I’ll also tell you what I've learned from Christ. I would like to build this series around my favorite section of Scripture on the subject of worry.

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

As we take some time to understand and apply these truths, I would like you to think about one key term – superintending. Begin now to think about how God is superintending our lives.

I’ll close this week with an encouraging quote:

"You should not begin to pray for all you want until you realize that in God you have all you need." -Augustine