Arthur Pink, 1935
"In nothing be anxious" (Phil. 4:6) Worrying is as
definitely forbidden as theft. This needs to be carefully pondered
and definitely realized by us, so that we do not excuse it as an innocent
infirmity. The more we are convicted of the sinfulness of anxiety,
the sooner are we likely to perceive that it is most dishonoring to God, and
"strive against" (Heb. 12:4) it. But how are we to "strive against"
First, by begging the Holy Spirit to grant us a deeper
conviction of its enormity.
Second, by making it a subject of special earnest prayer,
that we may be delivered from this evil.
Third, by watching its beginnings, and as soon as we are
conscious of harassment of mind, as soon as we detect the unbelieving
thought, lift up our heart to God and ask Him for deliverance from it.
The best antidote for anxiety is frequent
meditation upon God's goodness, power and sufficiency. When the saint can
confidently realize "The Lord is my Shepherd," he must draw the conclusion,
"I shall not want!" Immediately following our exhortation is, "but in
everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your
requests be made known unto God." Nothing is too big and nothing is
too little—to spread before and cast upon the Lord. The "with
thanksgiving" is most important, yet it is the point at which we most fail.
It means that before we receive God's answer, we thank Him for the
same—it is the confidence of the child expecting his Father to be gracious.