Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Thomas A Kempis on Anxiety

Today, I read a quote from Thomas A Kempis' Imitation of Christ and his insights about anxiety. Notice how he lifts up the sovereignty of God over all of life as the only solid rock from which to face our fears:

"To preserve peace in time of trouble our will must remain firm in God and be ever directed towards Him. This means we should be ever disposed to receive all things from the hand of God, from his justice, and from his bounty, with humble submission to his blessed will. Good and evil, health and sickness, prosperity and adversity, consolation and dryness, temptation and tranquility, interior sweetness, trials, and chastisements, all should be received by the soul with humility, patience, and resignation, as coming to us by the appointment of God. This is the only means of finding peace in the midst of great troubles and adversities."

I pray that as you read Paul's words in 2 Corinthians 4: 16-18, you will be encouraged to live fearlessly in these times.

"So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal."