There’s nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to fear. After all, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” (Psalm 111:10) But sometimes fear can be overwhelming. It can rob us of faith and trust. Some Biblical passages even refer to faith and fear as opposites.
I’m currently the interim pastor at Kingsland Baptist Church, and I’ve been teaching through the book of Philippians. You can see a video of one of my recent sermons above. It’s providential that our study together has brought us to Philippians 4 at this particular period of time. We’ve all heard about the Boston terrorist bombing and the anxiety that that has created, and many of us here in Texas were especially affected by the fertilizer plant explosion in the town of West. Anxiety and the loss of peace are major themes in this part of Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi.
Do you have something that you’re afraid of? Is it our world in general and the direction it’s going? Is there something in your family? Is it employment? Is it some recent loss? Is it a grief? The proper posture of all Christian experience begins with bowing the knee in worship. Rejoice in the Lord. Give thanks to Him. Let your requests be made known to Him.
The Lord is near. He will give him peace whose mind is fixed on Him.