Devotional Guide, Today’s Reading – Thursday April 18, 2019

Theme: ANXIETY

Introduction

Anxiety involves feelings of uneasiness, nervousness, or worry. Because we live in an uncertain world, bouts of anxiety can come at any time. This happens as a result of lack of trust in the Almighty God Who is able to care for His children even in the face of the most fiery afflictions.

The Holy Bible teaches that the Almighty God is a friend of all those who exercise implicit faith in Him. King Solomon wrote: “He that loveth pureness of heart, for the grace of his lips the king shall be his friend.” – Proverbs 22:11.

It follows then, that a believer or a Worshipper of God, who sincerely trusts in the providence of JEHOVAH the Almighty God, and is unselfish in all his thoughts, actions and motives, though he may have human shortcomings, he would be a friend of God and he (God Almighty) will continue to care and provide for such a person. Such a person will not be overwhelmed by anxiety. “He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD.” – Psalm 112:7.

Text: “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.” – Proverbs 12:25.

Comment: The heart is the centre of hidden emotional, intellectual and moral activity. It is responsible for the functioning of the human body. Its role therefore, is vital to human existence. The heart must be well protected either by thoughts or actions. King Solomon stated: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” – Proverbs 4:23.

The Almighty God, wants us to always cleave to him with our hearts (i.e. doing those things that are in line with his words, as contained in the Holy Bible) as a condition for His loving care. When people do not trust in God, they trust in money, in men or the devil, none of which is reliable, thus fueling anxiety. “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” – 1 Timothy 6:10.

One point that should be highlighted in the text for today, is that the heaviness of our hearts are not caused by God but by the Devil and sometimes our misdeeds. We should forsake our evil ways and share our problems with God in prayers. God wants us to be free from worries. Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28.