A few years back... Okay. More than a few years back, there was a song that included the line "Don't worry. Be ____." Do you remember? It seemed to indicate that a joyful attitude was the opposite of worry.
That's not what God says.
Phil. 4:6-7 says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
God clearly says, "Don't worry. Be PRAYERFUL. Then, you'll get peace."
So. the Peace of God is the opposite of worry. Think about it. It makes sense. Worry is a very human emotion. With the slightest bit of imagination, we can conjure up the most horrific scenarios. The "what if" choices that can leave us unable to function.
Or we can pray.
This week I've been bombarded by an assortment of difficult situations for my extended family. I have needed to pray without ceasing to lift up those I love. And I've still been plagued by worry. So I've re-examined this passage. And I went back to verse 4 which says, "Rejoice in the the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice."
That's what's been missing: rejoicing.
I'm singing in a cantata for Christmas. My favorite song ends "We rejoice in God!"
I have been practicing for months, and I still can't sing that line without tears.
I rejoice in God. Do you?by