“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:6-7 New Living Translation
The more we pray the less we worry. Worry, concern, anxiety are all human emotions – reactions to our circumstances. By worldly standards this is normal, but in God’s economy it is needless energy wasted. As followers of Christ we need to train ourselves to trust him more than the reality we see before us. It may seem callous for Paul to say bluntly not to worry about anything, but Paul knows that just like all the times before, God will come thru.
If the Lord knows all things, then why do we need to tell him what we need? It’s not for his benefit that we do that, but ours. We are identifying the need aloud. All we then need to do is rest in the arms of God and find peace. That’s not to say that we sit back and do nothing. We seek the wisdom of God regarding the matter and ask very specifically for his guidance in dealing with this worrisome situation.
The peace that we experience even in the face of trials guard our hearts and minds so that we don’t spend endless hours fretting over that which we cannot change. Paul’s phraseology is perfect as he uses the words “as you live in Christ Jesus”. This is just another example of how we are to live our lives out. Seeking God’s will as we emulate Christ in all phases of our lives. Trust God in all things and be at peace. Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resource: The Life Application Study Bible.