Across the Pastor’s Office by Ryan Quigley
We are living in interesting times, aren’t we? The level of stress and anxiety seems to increase when we look around. On several occasions over the past year, as we moved forward into the COVID season, people have come to me to express their concerns about their families, their jobs, the price of gasoline and the economy. . It is at times like this that many people can experience blackouts and all kinds of emotional and mental attacks.
The good news is, we are not without help. Not only do we have a lot to worry about, but the New Testament audience has also discussed the reasons for the high levels of anxiety. Philippians 4: 6-7, among other verses, gives us a wonderful guide to overcoming the stress levels we are so easily plagued with.
âDo not worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and supplication with gratitude, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will protect your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. “
As simple as it may sound, we can begin to walk in victory over the anxiety and stress that so easily overwhelms our minds. I like the way this writing says “in all”; whatever the circumstances, we can bring every situation to a place that will allow our minds to rest.
Simply, respectfully communicating to God the things that afflict our minds and going to him first for our needs does something in us that is unquantifiable. In doing so, God moves in His faithfulness to meet our needs as we give them to Him. We are given a peace that is beyond comprehension, that protects our hearts and minds.
This does not mean that the problems we face will go away. It also does not mean that someone else will take over all of our responsibilities for us. It does mean, however, that we are able to overcome problems. We will not be defeated by them nor destroyed by them. No matter what your week has been like, no matter what you are facing, there is a force that is available for you. Therefore, do not go through life trying to overcome everything on your own. Instead, trust God, give Him the problems you are going through, and let Him carry you through the storms.
Lots of blessings.
Ryan Quigley is pastor of the Assembly of God Albert Lea.