“The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything…” – Philippians 4:5-6.
SO MANY OF us are accustomed to repeating the words “do not be anxious about anything” without giving a thought to what comes beforehand. Look at the punctuation – and this may not have mattered (as some may argue) grammatically when Paul wrote it, nevertheless it still makes perfect sense to be read that way – our minds are not vexed when it is firmly set on the Lord (Isaiah 26:3) and our thoughts are not going to be driven with anxiety if we recognise the Lord at hand. The Lord at hand implies He is very near and that He is perfectly aware of what we’re up against and all that we need – that very thing that seems humanly impossible to fix. It’s as if Paul would be saying, “The Lord is at hand, therefore do not be anxious.” These are the very grounds for annihilating every form of worry and panic – the kind that shakes and questions our knowledge of God’s sovereignty over every situation in and outside our lives.
It would make perfect sense to worry if there was no God, or even a God who is detached and careless about our lives, but we know the Scriptures state the complete opposite. God cares beyond what we can comprehend and it will come as an overwhelming revelation to us, when our lowly bodies are transformed into the likeness of Christ’s, when God’s perfect Fatherly care will be shown through every tiniest detail of our entire earthly lifespan and how everything was faultlessly orchestrated to what He decreed before the creation of this world.
The Lord is not just near to us, or “nearer than our own souls” as Tozer would say, but He is also acting; He is moving; He is working everything together. The Lord is near to act. “Commit your way unto the Lord; trust in Him and He will act” (Psalm 37:5). He may not act as soon as we would like, but that’s when patience comes into it and that patience can only come from such a stillness as to recognise He is God over all (Psalm 37:7; Psalm 46:10). In that stillness comes the alteration of our twisted perspectives; before our paths are made straight, our vision of God is first rightly aligned.
The Lord is here, very near; therefore do not be troubled about a single thing saving your walk with Him.