We’re not done yet

Good morning everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “The end of anxiety and despair”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is near the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:17-18 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “We’re not done yet”
 
Two developments occurred last month as I was writing our devotional series about dealing with anxiety and despair, which I can’t ignore. The first had to do with the abundance of material and ideas the Lord brought to me throughout the month about this topic, and the second had to do with the response from readers.
 
With respect to the abundance of material, once I select a theme to write about for the month, that theme is then always playing in the back of my mind. I keep a 5×7 notepad handy because the Lord brings to my attention passages of scripture that apply, or illustrations that can be used, or items in the news, or examples from people’s personal lives. Ideas often come from books I am now reading or have read in the past, as well as from magazine articles, items on the internet, and things people say to me.
 
Almost always I end up with more material than I can use – but last month was exceptional in that respect. At the end of the month, I still had several pages of scriptures, ideas, illustrations, and personal examples about dealing with anxiety and despair. Why was there so much resource material available on this subject?  It’s because anxiety and despair are such a big problem for so many people. It’s one of those topics God addresses more than one hundred times and in multiple ways all throughout the Bible, Psalm 34:17-18 (above) is just one of them. And there are endless examples from everyday life.
 
The second thing that alerted me to the fact that this theme was different from others is the response from readers. There was a lot of it. Apparently, the topic resonated with many of us and is addressing a need in our lives. So, I sense the Lord prompting me to continue exploring this issue in November. Evidently, it’s not time to stop yet.
 
Psalm 34:17-18 is true, God cares very much about the fact that we struggle with the issues of life, and He is ready and willing to help us. So, let’s see what else God has to teach us about this. We will never be completely free from anxiety and despair, but we can learn to deal with it more effectively. It doesn’t have to dominate our thinking and it shouldn’t control our lives.
 
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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