Devotion: August 24

A Message for All Worriers

Scripture: Philippians 4:6-7
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Are you a worrier? Perhaps you are beginning to realize that you have been victimized. Our enemy wants us to give in to fear and to let go of our trust in God. We must cling to Him.

Who was this that made such a statement? He did not know about the kind of problems that I face in my life. Well, maybe and maybe not. His name was Paul. He wrote these words from a dungeon in a Roman prison where he was incarcerated for Christ. Ahead of him he had a trial to look forward to—a trial before that most excellent and fair-minded judge, Nero—that lover of truth and light. Indeed Nero must have been a lover of light because he enjoyed covering Christians with tar, tying them to poles, and lighting his garden with them.

This “humanitarian” Nero was the one that Paul was preparing to stand before. He knew that the outlook was certainly very dim; ahead of him was absolute calamity and disaster. And yet, from that dungeon he cried out, “Be anxious for nothing, and “Rejoice in the Lord evermore.”

 

Question to ponder: What are you worried about right now? How can you place these worries into the Lord’s care?