Busy, busy day today — I won’t be able to participate in the usual Friday memes. I will get around to visit you all hopefully later today or this evening.
In the meantime, I wanted to share something the Lord used to speak to me this morning. While showering and getting ready, my mind was running through the coming day, and I kept feeling anxiety well up and kept having to beat it back with Philippians 4:6-7. Then what should I come to in today’s reading from Our Daily Walk by F. B. Meyer but this:
PRACTICING THE PRESENCE OF GOD
“…the Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God.”– Phi 4:5-6.
THE WORD anxiety comes from the same root as anger, and suggests the idea of choking. Worry chokes the life of faith. It does not help us to overcome our difficulties, but unfits us for dealing with them. No weapon that is formed against us shall prosper; every tongue that shall rise against us shall be condemned; our bread shall be given, and our water sure. God will perfect that which concerneth us, and His goodness and mercy shall never cease. Roll thyself and thy burden on the Lord, and leave them there. Too many take them back again!
In the darkening autumn evenings, we light our lamps earlier, or turn on the switch, and lo! there is a burst of light which had been waiting to be called upon. So let us keep a smile upon our faces. As we put off our heavy and rain-soaked clothes in the vestibule, so let us leave our anxieties with God, until we have to resume our destined path.
The Lord is at hand! Let us often repeat these words, amid the commonplaces of life, as well as when anticipating His near Advent! Say it when Euodia and Syntyche are giving you trouble! Say it when you are irritated and think that there is no reason why you should accept rebuffs and slights so meekly! Say it when you are worried and anxious! Say it, till you come again into that Presence, which is as the light of the morning when the sun riseth. Practise the Presence of God! Hold fellowship with Him! Even in business, or in the midst Of daily toil, often lift your heart for a moment into the atmosphere of His presence! There is a great difference between faith and its intellectual expression. We must rise above the intellectual into spiritual fellowship with God. It is not for us to excite a transient feeling of love towards God. This will soon evanesce. Our business is the absolute surrender of the heart to Him. Not the rapture of the mystic, but the consciousness of the spirit, which is aware of an unimpeded union with the life of the Infinite. To be ever, tranquilly, joyously, and strenuously, at one with the blessed Will of God–that is the Heavenly Paradise, and each of us, by His grace, may walk with Him in happy fellowship, as Enoch did of old, and then we can make known our requests!
Though I am a big stickler for reading things in context, in all the times I have read, quoted to myself, or heard Philippians 4:6-7 preached, it has never been coupled with verse 5.
The anxieties of my day are nothing major in the grand scheme of things: in fact, it is almost easier to trust the Lord for the major things. My mind has a tendency to get over-anxious about little things, and, as Meyer brought out, it has a choking effect. But the Lord is at hand! Therefore, on that basis, I can lay aside anxiety and trust everything to Him.
Then, I’ve been reading a little bit of Passionate Housewives Desperate For God by Jennie Chauncey and Stacy McDonald each morning, and in the section I read today was the NKJV translation of Psalm 94:19:
In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts delight my soul.
Praise God for his comfort, direction, and instruction.