I read about a comedian named Joe Frisco. The paper had this to say, "He was a timid man, and when he travelled he was always afraid of being robbed. One night he arrived late in Pittsburgh and checked into a hotel. Nervously, he searched the closet of his room and looked under the bed and behind the curtains to make sure that nobody was lying in wait to grab his money. After that he double-locked the door, took a last quick look into the bathroom, turned off the lights and jumped into bed. Then, as a final precaution, he called out into the darkness, "Well, here I am in Pittsburgh, broke again!"
Though we may laugh at poor ol' Joe, how many of us can say that worrying has not affected us in one way or another? Perhaps some of you reading this have been losing sleep because you're worrying. Perhaps some of you reading this haven't been able to think straight throughout your day because you're worrying. Worry has no boundaries. It invades every aspect of our life. Some of these areas include our marriage, family, job and even our faith. Why don't you stop reading right now and take some time answer this simple question, "What's worrying me?"
The Apostle Paul wrote these words to the church at Philippi, "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus" (NLT, Phil. 4:6-7).
Rather than taking our worries upon ourselves, let us first take them to God in prayer. Rather than taking our worries to others, let us first take them to God in prayer. It may be by the time we've taken all of our worries to God in prayer, there will be none left for ourselves or others to carry. Also, take time to think about what God has blessed you with and express your thankfulness to Him. When we worry, it's easy to lose focus on all of the good that is going on around us.
The Apostle Paul reminds us that the God of peace desires for us to know the peace of God. This is a peace that displaces the worries in our lives. It transcends our own understanding for it doesn't come from us. In light of this ask yourself these questions, "Do you have it? Do you have the peace of God which stands as a guard over you heart and mind? Is worry robbing you of having God's peace?"
Maybe you need to set this paper down and tell God what's been worrying you. Maybe you need to consider the "good" that is in your life right now and thank God for it. May God grant you His peace as you practice Philippians 4:6-7.
("From the Pulpit" is a weekly sermon provided by the clergy members of The Weirton Ministerial Association)