Don’t Be Anxious
Anxiety is proof contentment has not been achieved. Paul said he learned to be content in whatever state he was in (Phil 4:11). It’s amazing… in the winter we can’t wait for the Spring. Spring comes with its rains and not too long we are ready for the rain to go and the Summer heat and dry to come along. Now as we find ourselves in the heat of summer we are ready for the cooling temperatures of the fall. No doubt as the holidays edge closer we will be looking for a white Christmas. It is definitely ongoing, this cycle of change.
We have changes in our lives as well. Just as sure as we know another season is coming in the natural we can’t be depressed or anxious about the one we are in because we know there are changes coming. Paul learned the changes of life as seasons and learned to be content. Contentment is not passive to the degree you accept the defeatist attitude that “this is just the way it is”, but content I understanding this too shall pass.
Anxiety does not hasten the change of seasons but only causes frustration of the season. When you begin to become content in the season you will discover the purpose of the season. Understanding is what we should pray for… not change.
Anxiety causes you to miss the blessing of the season you are in. We naturally do not like to be uncomfortable in any season but just knowing change is coming is what causes you to be relaxed. We as Christians should be the light of the world not so much in our dress code or religious practices as we are in our sense of peace in knowing change is coming.
Jesus knew He would rise from the dead so He was able to be content with what He had to suffer at the cross (Heb 12:2). Jesus paid the price for our hope of change. Don’t be anxious for anything but in all things have knowledge there will be a resurrection of a new season.
Contentment comes from simply knowing… All things work together for the good to them that love God and are the called according to His purpose (Rom 8:28).