Recently I went to the checkout line of a grocery store and was waiting in line (yes, I was 6 ft away from the person in front of me!) to pay for my items when my eyes scanned the nearby magazine rack. The headline of Time magazine caught my eye, “The Age of Anxiety.” Obviously it was a reference to the uncertain times we are living in. Health concerns, isolation, job concerns- all these pressures are certainly enough to make one anxious. Just yesterday I read an article saying that 25% of American adults are already at their “breaking point” with being able to handle everything mentally. Certainly even believers can struggle at times with trying to cope properly.
And that’s why passages like Psalm 56 can be such a blessing at times like this. Let me just highlight some verses for meditation. Verses 3-4 read, ” What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.” Verse 9 reads, “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.”. And finally verse 11, “In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.”
What a blessing to know as Christians we are not just bumbling through this life alone. God is intimately involved in our lives and desires for us to rest in Him to find our peace and security. Obviously this is not to say that Christians won’t endure hard-times. We may lose our job, health and ultimately, should the Lord tarry, our lives. Yet all those things happen in the permissive will of God and plan He has for each of us. Stress? Anxiety? Certainly understandable issues to deal with at times. But thank the Lord we have a God that “is for us.” Because we have such a promise we can face any problem and concerns in this life with a peace and security that “passes all understanding.” (Phil 4:7).