Tuesday 23 Jan 2018
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.

 

Do not be anxious for anything

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God -Philippians 4:6.

In instructing believers not to be anxious for anything, is the scripture saying to us that there is nothing out there to make believers anxious, or is it saying believers should pretend all is well in the face of certain realities he is confronted with? Perhaps the question arising would be , how can a believer keep anxieties away from his life? Truth be told the believer is not asked to deny the realities of life which he is being confronted with, as a matter of fact the life of believers is similar in many respect to that of his fellow sojourners in the world but who do not share in the Christian faith, they are all exposed to the realities of life which every man is faced with in his fallen nature and the world he has built for himself.

He is confronted with his own dosage of trials, challenges, difficulties, pain and sorrow, enough to induce fear and cause him tremble as well as to make him anxious if such does not know how to bring it under control. He is faced with enough uncertainties about his tomorrow, about the life of his children, about his career, his unpaid debts and mounting bills, his failing health...just about enough misery in the world to tempt or pressurise him to give in to anxiety.

The believer is not asked to simply sweep all of these under the carpet with a single statement...to rejoice and be worry free. Rather he is asked to develop over time the Christian attitude for confronting these issues. This attitude begins by putting ones trust in the Lord and by learning how to delight ourselves in him and him alone