Anxiety, Impatience, and God’s Fatherly Care

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We are prone to impatience and anxiety. We are living in the midst of endless unknown scenarios. When will things be back to normal (if ever)? When will the virus subside? When will churches gather? What will happen to my job? My bank account? My school?, etc. All of these are important questions, but if we answer them in merely human terms without consideration to the providential purposes of God, we become restless, joyless, and impatient.

After all, “The Lord is at hand” (Phil. 4:5), meaning that He is both present with his people now, and promising to return in the future. How does this simple phrase help us face the unknowns of today? Calvin reflects…

Here we have the most beautiful sentiment, from which we learn, in the first place, that ignorance of the providence of God is the cause of all impatience, and that this is the reason why we are so quickly, and on trivial accounts, thrown into confusion, and often, too, become disheartened, because we do not recognize the fact that the Lord cares for us. 

On the other hand, we learn that this is the only remedy for tranquilizing (settling) our minds – when we repose unreservedly in his providential care, as knowing that we are not exposed either to the rashness of fortune, or to the caprice of the wicked, but are under the regulation of God’s fatherly care. …The man that is in possession of this truth that God is present with him, has what he may rest upon with security.

1 Peter 5:6–7

[6] Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, [7] casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (ESV)

Philippians 4:6–7

[6] do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (ESV)

Also, here is a great practical video (4 min.) answering, “How do you work through anxious moments?”

These truths are simple, but life-altering. The Lord is at hand! We can rest in his fatherly care today.

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