Be anxious for nothing

by Mike Ratliff

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 (NASB) 

Where I work, we are having a great deal of turmoil with a lot of turnover with people departing including my boss. The person over all the technology departments has put one of my coworkers over our DBA group as a “team lead,” whatever that means.  She is quite a bit younger than me. She is competent as a DBA. I have been getting signals from her emails and phone calls over past several days and also from my fellow DBAs that she is really pushing the envelope hard to look like a competent manager and is asking for all sorts of reports and for us to do goal setting, etc. I am 67 years old and a few weeks ago had made up my mind to continue to work for a few more years in order to get some things paid off before I retire. However, these things are very frustrating. Last week I “pushed back” on a few of her requests telling her that it was something that was not what a DBA could ever do nor needs to do. We solve problems. We do installs. We don’t goal set. We don’t play management games. She told me I had to do it anyway. We’ll see. In any case, I no longer want to go to work. I no longer want to have anything to do with the company I work for. They have been very good to me since 2001, but this is too much. I am really not in the financial position to simply retire yet. So I started praying about it more and more.

This morning’s sermon at church was on Philippians 4:4-9, but the part that was God’s answer to my prayers was vv6-7.

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB) 

6 μηδὲν μεριμνᾶτε, ἀλλʼ ἐν παντὶ τῇ προσευχῇ καὶ τῇ δεήσει μετὰ εὐχαριστίας τὰ αἰτήματα ὑμῶν γνωριζέσθω πρὸς τὸν θεόν. 7 καὶ ἡ εἰρήνη τοῦ θεοῦ ἡ ὑπερέχουσα πάντα νοῦν φρουρήσει τὰς καρδίας ὑμῶν καὶ τὰ νοήματα ὑμῶν ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ. Philippians 4:6-7 (NA28)

6 In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and by petition with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God 7 and the peace of God, surpassing all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (translated from the NA28 Greek text)

As I said, I had been praying for God to show me what to do. There is His answer in vv6-7. Instead of getting upset about what is going on and dreading going to work what should I do? I pray to God that He will work this out for His glory, my edification and that I will be used by Him according to His will so that all those involved will know they are dealing with a Christian, not a frustrated DBA. What will happen when I do this? God will give me a peace that surpasses all understanding. The enemy who has been harassing me through this (yes that is at the root of this I am positive) will be rebuked by our Lord and blocked by Him who is guarding my heart and my thoughts will be directed toward my Lord and His Kingdom rather than all this petty stuff. Am I grateful? Oh yes! So when I pray about this I approach the throne of grace with prayers and supplications with thanksgiving.

Is our enemy harassing you about this life in this sin sick world? How about getting you to worry about all the political nonsense going on and the elections coming up? As believers we should not allow this to happen. No, we should be putting what Paul shared in this passage into practice throughout every day.

Soli Deo Gloria!

6 thoughts on “Be anxious for nothing

  1. Mike,

    Thank you. I need to read this a few times. I just turned 50, and after 20 years, I was laid off seven months ago…and no one wants to hire me because of my age. I don’t know what to do, and I don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. I must pray that God will open my eyes to wear and what he wants me to do next, because I am clueless. But our Lord knows all, and I pray that he will lead me to a job that will glorify him, and to be able to serve my church well, if not here, then somewhere else. I want to work to glorify the Lord, and to serve him. That’s all I want!

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