November 26, 2023

The Age of Anxiety

Daily Devotional2 Minutes

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. “—1 Peter 5:7 NLT

It was called the “Age of Anxiety.” A poem with this title written in 1947 seemed to capture the essence of the time. The euphoria that, for many, followed the end of World War II had been replaced by the harsh realities of economic recovery. Tensions were high as the Cold War developed between East and West.

Winner of a Pulitzer Prize, this poem was the work of W.H. Auden and reflected the isolation many felt.

The title of this poem can remind us of our own time, for many today are filled with anxiety. There are wars and rumors of wars. There are economic challenges and political divisions. The forces lining up against Christianity are gaining strength.

To anyone who is worried, the Bible has a message of hope: God still is on the throne. He promises to protect and provide for His children. He calls us to trust Him, commit our lives to Him, and cast our cares on Him.

Jesus warned that we would have “many trials and sorrows.” But He reminded us, “I have overcome the world.” He has given us His Word, His promises, and His Spirit. He calls us to “take heart” and realize we can “have peace” in Him (John 16:33).

Don’t allow worry or fear to dominate your life. If you have any anxieties, cast them on God. He cares for you!

Reflection Question: Write a prayer of trust in God for what’s going on in your life right now.

Prayer
Father, I commit these matters to You: _______. Thank You that I can trust You. Give me Your peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Peter 5

Prayer
Father, I commit these matters to You: _______. Thank You that I can trust You. Give me Your peace. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Today's Bible Reading
1 Peter 5