PASTOR GLEN'S BLOG
August 15, 2018
How many of us feel anxious about something? We are not strangers to anxiety. We are anxious over big and little things, gnawing away at our insides. We often feel anxious about our finances: How will we pay for this month’s bills? What if I lose my job? How will we ever save enough for retirement? What if the economy fails?
We feel anxious about our health, especially as we grow older: What if I get cancer or Alzheimer’s Disease? What if I’m disabled or have to go into a nursing home? We are anxious about our children: Will they turn out okay? Will they avoid drugs and sexual immorality? Will they be safe in this world full of crime and threats of terrorism? Sometimes we can’t identify any specific reason for our anxiety, but it is there, nagging away at our insides. If we don’t learn to deal with it properly, it can cause all sorts of health problems, which in turn feed our anxiety!
Jesus promised to those who follow him in John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you; I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” He spoke those comforting words on the most difficult night He faced on this earth, the night before His crucifixion. Seven times in the New Testament our God is called either the God or Lord of peace. That peace can be the constant experience of every follower of Jesus, even in the midst of trials – even in the midst of anxiety.
This Saturday, Kim and I will take Kristen to college. While I have all kinds of feelings now (and I am sure I will have MANY more when we actually move her into her new dorm!!); if I am honest, I feel a little anxious! Yet, I know she is in God’s hands! I know God is watching over her – as well as Kim and me. And, I know that as I place her in God’s hands, she is going to be fine. So, I am praying for that peace that surpasses human understanding, as I rest in God’s promises!
May we all experience God’s peace, even in those times when we may feel anxious!