Driving in to the office this morning I heard that many Americans are suffering from election anxiety. I’m glad to hear the official diagnosis. I’ve watched more than my fair share of the news channels over the last couple of weeks and I have to admit, I’m one who was suffering from election anxiety. The situation is rather anxiety producing, isn’t it?
Then these verses from the Stand Firm devotional during my quiet time: “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7, HCSB)
One of the advantages of being a Jesus follower is not having to worry about anything because our trust and hope for everything is in Him and nothing and no one else. Call it preparation for heaven, where there will be NO worries. What a great benefit! Why do we give it up so easily?
Truth is, anything we fixate on can become a source of worry and anxiety- the election, the stock market, our health, or even the weather. When we stumble on anything that produces worry in our lives, Scripture instructs us to turn that worry, and everything else in life, into a prayer and petition to God. Ask Him to take your concern and bear it as His, and then enjoy the peace of God.
You know what? It works. Take your worries and anxieties, turn them into a prayer, kick them to God, and leave them there. He knows more and can do more anyway.
“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.” (Psalm 20:7–8, NIV)
Application for today: Some trust in donkeys and elephants and the electoral college, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. They will be disappointed and wind up depressed, but we never will. Everything is His and He is everything. Anything that causes us to forget that truth robs us of our identity in Christ.