I’ve heard it said that the part of the newspaper you read first says a lot about your personality. For example, if you go straight for the obituaries, you tend to have more stress in your life. But if you go to the comics first, you tend to have more laughter in your life. Honestly, I don’t know if there’s any truth to it or what the “experts” would say about those who just read the paper for the coupons.
The point of today’s reading has nothing to do with newspapers and everything to do with your focus. In Psalms 94 and 95, Moses talks about how his focus shaped his anxiety level. “When anxiety was great within me, your [comfort] brought joy to my soul,” (Psalm 94:19). “Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care,” (Psalm 95:6-7).
Paul said, “I have learned the secret of being content,” (Philippians 4:12). He didn’t say he was born with it, but rather that he learned it, that he had to work to retrain his focus. Many times over the course of our lives, we are going to have hard times when our anxiety will be great: in financial struggles, in marital struggles, in struggles with our kids, etc. In these times of anxiety, where will you train your focus?
Father, I thank you for all the times you have delivered me out of my anxiety and into your joy. You hold me in your hands and keep me close to your heart, promising to never let me go. I pray that I would always remember that, no matter the circumstances. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.