It is easy to feel anxious in this fast paced 21st century world. Sometimes change occurs so rapidly that we feel we don’t have time to catch our breath. Life can seem overwhelming with all the pressures and challenges that come our way in a single day.
I love what Paul says to the church in Philippians 4:6-8, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Paul encourages us on a number of fronts:
· Firstly, we are encouraged not to be anxious about anything. In other words, no situation should overwhelm us because we know God is in control.
· Secondly, Paul urges us to pray about every situation we face. Don’t stress about anything, simply speak to our Heavenly Father and place our trust in Him.
· Thirdly, we should present our requests to God with thanksgiving. We thank God in advance for what He will do, trusting Him wholeheartedly to meet our needs.
· Finally, Paul assures us that if we do all of the above, then God’s peace, which surpasses our understanding, will guard our hearts. Simply put, His peace will invade our hearts even in the most trying of circumstances. This peace will be ours even when it defies human logic – when our hearts should be anxious and troubled, His perfect peace will be our portion.
How wonderful to have a God who cares so much for His children. He does not want us to be weighed down with anxiety, and so He invites us to come to Him, casting our cares on Him, allowing Him to fill us with His peace. Amazing!
I pray that His peace will be your portion in the midst of every situation you face today.
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,