Beyond the Pulpit

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.

By ALLEN WICKSTROM
AOG Pastor

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. Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation

Is worry a small thing, and nothing to be concerned about? Is it something we do and there is no help for? This is how Merriam-Webster describes worry; “to harass by tearing, biting, or snapping especially at the throat; to assail with rough or aggressive attack or treatment; torment; to subject to persistent or nagging attention or effort; to afflict with mental distress or agitation.” When you read this description, you can plainly see that worry is a vicious enemy that steals peace, joy and hope.

When you look at Psalms 40:2, David wrote that he was in a pit. Some translations call the pit a lonely, hopeless, confused, desolate, deep, dark hole, full of despair. Sometimes life throws us curves that can run us off the road and into the ditch. An old phrase I used to hear was “being down in the dumps”, which is a stinky place full of rotting garbage and I have been there many times.

The good news is that God lifted David out of the pit and the miry clay and put him on a rock that, as one translation says, was a warm rock, where strength and hope returned. Think of that rock being in a place where the sun beat down and it was bright with promise. It says that God steadied him and helped him to start walking straight and with purpose, much as ranchers do with a baby calf, lamp or colt that needs assistance.

God wants to be there for us when life knocks us down. He wants to lift us up and restore joy, peace, hope and purpose to our lives. The opening verses tell us what to do. Pray about everything and tell God your problems. Then thank Him for what He is going to do about them. It’s all a matter of perspective. You can either be consumed with looking at your circumstances and how big they are, or you can look at God and see how BIG He is! Verse 7 promises that God’s peace will guard your heart and mind as you live in Jesus Christ.

If you are in a pit of despair today, there is hope and it is found in Jesus Christ. Why not call on Him for help? He is waiting to lift you out.







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