I should have been anxious. I was about to speak to the biggest audience of my entire life, a crowd of over one thousand people. I should have been terrified of what they would think of me, but that day I wasn’t. Because the Holy Spirit helped me remember, “GOD is here. The GOD who loves me, accepts me, and delights in me is here. And he will be here no matter what happens today.”
Does anxiety ever get the best of you? Do you freak out trying to impress your boss or your colleagues or your classmates or the guys on the team or the women at church? Do you worry about how you’ll perform or how they’ll react? Do you drive home with those crazy thoughts, hoping that you didn’t sound stupid or look dumb?
Let the apostle Paul free you from all that. He wrote, “Do not be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:6). How? “The Lord is near” (verse 5). The Lord GOD, the glorious and good and more than enough GOD is near. If the boss is mad or not, GOD is here. If you do a great job or fall short of your potential, GOD is here. If they applaud you or boo you or are bored by you, GOD is here. What could she do? What could he say? What could they decide that would change that sentence? Nothing. So don’t be anxious. The GOD you need to be okay is not way over there. Because of Jesus, he is right here.