Life is full of storms. It is full of storms for everyone…the good and the bad, the believer and the unbeliever, all genders, all ethnicities, all ages, all locations. Life is sometimes hard. Because of this we experience worry and stress. Sometimes we are so surprised by this that we are stressed just because we don’t think we should be stressed, but we are. We ALL are. How can we cope?
Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)
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.
What are we to do?
–Do not be anxious about ANYTHING (my emphasis!)
What are we to do rather than be anxious?
–By prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let our requests be known to God
What will be the result?
–The peace of God will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus
Our heart and mind, isn’t that the location of our anxiety. Our minds start and then we feel the anxiety and worry rise up. We begin to panic. This is a situation only too familiar to me. I am sure you are all familiar with this verse, but experiencing this truth is an entirely different story. How can we actually combat anxiety?
The first step to peace? Be at peace with God. You are either at war with God or at peace with God…..unsaved or saved. Unless you are willing to give up your rights and make peace with God, you will never be at rest. How is this done? We are all sinners and separated from God. Jesus came to earth, was crucified and rose on the third day. He did this for us, so that we could be made right with God. All you must do is ask for forgiveness and give your life to him.
What will be the result? You will no longer be at war with God. The problem, however, is that you will now be at war with Satan and the world. This requires you to be in search of a different kind of peace. The believer has a battle plan. What is it? It is Phil 4:6-7.
We need to take our requests to God, and I am sure you do. I know I do. But, how often do we fail to find peace? Are you, am I, missing the qualifier in the above statement? Do you always include thanksgiving? Taking our requests with thanksgiving builds and indicates trust. When we are thankful for the outcome, we begin to trust that God has everything under control. When we trust God, we can be thankful that He sees everything. We begin to align our hearts and minds with Him. We can begin to experience peace.
My challenge to you is to begin to trust God, that He has things handled. I challenge you to begin to include thanksgiving with your requests. When you begin to thank Him, you can begin to experience peace. Give it a try.