“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanks- giving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4: 6-7
Imagine just hearing this: “Do not be anxious about anything”. I think we would have an onslaught of opposition to that proposal. 1) How can you tell me what to be anxious about? 2) What do you expect me to do? 3) There’s not much I can do about it. 4) Do you have any idea what’s going on in my life right now? That’s just a few of the knee jerk reactions I imagine most of us would share. That being said, here we find Paul writing to the church in Philippi with that God breathed directive.
Thankfully, Scripture doesn’t just state “Do not be anxious about anything”. There is a key transition word. BUT. Whenever we see a ‘but’ in the Bible it’s time to pay close attention to what comes next. “BUT in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”.
Paul is writing to give an alternative to sitting in our anxiousness. Rather than sitting in our anxiousness, which cannot change our situation, we can bring anything and everything before God.
When we do that, we have a promise that is a treasure. PEACE. How does that work? Well, we know it’s beyond our understanding to describe, but those who have dared to lay their requests fully before the Lord with gratitude in their heart know the peace He offers. It doesn’t make sense. The situation doesn’t always change. But we find our hearts and minds guarded by the peace of Christ.
Life can make the best of us anxious. But we have a choice: to sit in our anxiousness or boldly and humbly bring all parts of our life to the Lord. What anxieties do you need to give over to God today?