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A daily reminder
Pastor Clark Schultz
by Pastor Clark Schultz
May 8, 2024

Allow me to introduce you to my number-one enemies—anxiety and doubt. How often I forget the words of God when a crisis or problem hits close to home: Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). The apostle Paul wrote this while under house arrest in Rome. One could argue he had a right to be anxious or upset.

“Being anxious” means to be distracted or pulled in several different directions at once. Our lives offer myriad opportunities and excuses to fret. God doesn’t tell us to divvy up the big stuff for him and leave the little piddly stuff to ourselves. We can go to him in prayer. We can bring everything to him with thankful hearts because we are approaching him as our dear Father in heaven. Jesus has seen to that!

In a world where time-saving technology seems to quicken life’s frantic pace and add to its frenzied distractions, in a society that emphasizes and acclaims self-achievement, when our broken selves crave the idiocy of solving our own spiritual problems, we need this reminder from Paul—to focus on God as the one source of everything we have and are. Jesus alone gives peace to our worried hearts, and we need to keep reminding ourselves of that daily!