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DEC. 12 | Hope and Anxiety

We live in a day and age stricken by anxiety. A global pandemic, social protests, and unemployment have swept our nation leaving a wake of anxiety upon the shoreline of our souls.

What do we do when instances like these bring crushing burdens upon us? How do we respond to what we see before our eyes? Is life hopeless? The answer is found in Christ alone. As we unburden our anxious hearts upon Him, we rest in knowing that Christ bore our sins, our shame, our burdens, and our anxieties at Calvary. He took it to the grave and left it there when He walked out.

The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-7 that we are not to be anxious about anything. But what if we do become anxious? Circumstances easily provoke us to anxiety. How do we grapple with our anxieties when all hope feels lost? The Apostle Paul gives us the answer.

As believers and followers of Christ, we bring our anxieties and our fears before the Lord in prayer. We unburden our hearts before the One who holds us in His sovereign hands. As we pour our hearts out in prayer, we place our trust in our Savior, knowing that He holds us, will never leave us, nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5). The finished work of Jesus Christ enables us to unburden our anxious hearts upon Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Our hope is in the gospel. Our hope is in Christ. He is the rock beneath our feet. The more we seek the face of our Savior, the more we see our anxieties fall from our shoulders, because He bore them upon himself.

This Advent season is an opportunity to not just recall His coming, but for us to come to Him in fresh ways…and to lay our anxiety before Him.

O how wonderful, and mighty, and awesome is He! We have a Savior who saves and draws us out of our hopeless and helpless state. Here lies our hope, when anxiety builds and threatens us. The steadfast love of our God never ceases. His mercies are never-ending. They are new every morning. As they rain down upon us, may they wash away our anxieties. Great is His faithfulness. He is our portion. Christ is our hope, and that hope will guard our hearts.

Do not be afraid. Do not be anxious. He has come.

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