TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24
“Therefore do not be anxious…”
Matthew 6:31 ESV
Bob Vernon, a 37 year veteran with the Los Angeles Police Department talked about this in his book: L.A. Justice, “Our department tried to demonstrate to rookie officers the value of their bulletproof vests by placing them on mannequins and then shooting round after round at them. After that exercise, we would have the rookies check to see if any of the rounds penetrated the vests. The vests would pass the test with flying colors every time, so one day I got an idea. I turned to one of the rookie officers and said, ’Now, for the final test, you take the vest off that mannequin, put it on, and I’m going to shoot you to prove that it will protect you!’ The rookie ran from the building and resigned!”
A bulletproof vest is designed to protect some of your vital organs, including your heart. In the physical world and in the spiritual world it’s of vital importance that we recognize our hearts are not bulletproof. One of the things that attacks our hearts is anxiety. Chest pains are a sign of too much worry in our life. Jesus was trying to protect His disciples when He said, “Do not be anxious.” He then began to list things our hearts are prone to chase after that can create anxiety.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.” What are the biggest sources of anxiety in your life? Have you prayed and asked God to give you peace in those areas? What do you think you can do to guard your heart in those areas?