Pastor Mike started last Sunday’s sermon with the image of turbulence. What a powerful image to describe the world we are experiencing these days. Sickness, inflation, the wage gap, war in the Ukraine, climate change, mental health challenges, and even the growing uncertainty about our denomination feels like a whole lot of turbulence. We experience a world where unsteady or even violent movements shake our vision of the future on a regular basis. Sometimes it feel like there are so many things to worry about that we are not even sure where to prioritize our worries!

In Philippians 4:6, the apostle Paul gives us some ready rock solid advice. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

Instead of looking to our news feeds, we need to pray. Prayer should be our first response to everything. Worry can lead us to an endless vacuum of anxiety. We definitely need to acknowledge the troubles and difficulties that we experience; however, allowing our souls to dwell on those things is not healthy. Our dwelling should be on the things of God.

God is the One who created everything, reigns over everything, and know everything that ever will be. Tell God what you need even though God already knows what you need. There is something powerful that happens in our soul when you tell God what you need. Cast your cares on the One who cares for you. When we laid our worries at God’s feet, we have the freedom to experience a joy that is out of this world.

The another part of Paul’s advice is also so good for our souls. We need to thank God for all that God has done for us already. When we look back on what God has done, our perspective about the future transforms. Instead of gloom and doom, we see the good that God has started. Remember Philippians 1:6 - God promises to finish the good work He began in each of us. The Creator of the universe has not fallen asleep at the wheel and created all this turbulence in our world today. A rebellious humanity who believes that creative human power drives the universe is the actual cause of all this turbulence.

If you long for calm and peace to prevail in your life and in our world, let’s pray for it! Feel free to share a prayer in the comments below. It could even be a short text message to Jesus.

In His Grip,
Mike Toluba

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