I just finished a little book about peace and anxiety by John MacArthur called Found: God’s Peace — Experience True Freedom from Anxiety in Every Circumstance. It was originally published in 1993 and re-published in 2015 by David C. Cook, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Contents and Notes
The content is derived from another of MacArthur’s books called Anxious for Nothing. Like most things that MacArthur writes, it’s biblical.
He writes that God doesn’t want us to have anxiety, and that all form of worry are sin. The primary means of avoiding anxiety is through prayer (Phil. 4). We are also to think about the qualities listed in Phil. 4:8.
Peter was a worrier who told us to cast our fears on God (1 Pet. 5:5-7). This involves humility and an understanding of our identity in Him. If we know that He cares for us, we can trust Him. As we humble ourselves before Him, He will lift us up in due time.
God’s peace is not dependent on circumstances; it’s a supernatural gift. One thing we must do is to turn away from sin as sin is often a cause of the anxiety. We must also live a righteous life according to the Word.
In the last section of the book, MacArthur briefly comments on 31 different psalms which are a help to the anxious.
All in all, it’s a quick read and helped me to turn my eyes toward God. There is nothing particularly new, nor does their need to be. I appreciate MacArthur’s biblical approach.
I’m encouraged to have my identity rooted more firmly in Him and not to doubt His goodness or my position in Him.
May we all experience more of God’s peace!