Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
Today’s Scripture speaks about our being “anxious.” To be anxious is to be troubled. To be troubled means that either the prospect of a trouble or the actual experience of a trouble has affected the condition or state of our hearts and minds. So, anxiety is all about the negative impact of troubles (trials) that produce a condition or state of heart and mind that is anxious. It is God’s supernatural peace that guards (or restores) our hearts and minds from the negative impact of anxiety in regard to the troubles and trials of life.
Jesus said, “Do not be anxious about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? …. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will take be added to you (Matthew 6:25, 32B-33).” The needs associated with physical life here on earth can be a significant contributor to anxiety. It can be really hard for us when troubles and trials come our way that disrupt the flow of physical resources that we count on for our lives or keep us from the physical resources we would like to have in our lives.
Sometimes the troubles and trials that come are way are more associated with negative reactions that come with living for the “cause of Christ.” Seeking first God’s kingdom and righteousness lessens the importance we place on physical resources, but it increases the likelihood of troubles and trials coming our way from those who react to our walk with Christ. While God encourages us to focus on the good he will bring about through our troubles and trials, he does care about what happens to us as we experience them. Whether it is anxiety over physical resources or anxiety from the fallout of kingdom living, God genuinely cares about what we are going through.
It is God’s supernatural peace that guards (or restores) our hearts and minds from the negative impact of anxiety in regard to the troubles and trials of life. God is in the business of guarding our hearts and minds from the ravages of anxiety. He knows how to bring about the exchange of anxiety for his supernatural peace we so desperately need. It all comes down to seeking God in prayer where we lay it all before him openly and honestly and we let him do his miraculous work of replacing our anxiety with his peace that surpasses all comprehension.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, I come to you in prayer right now. You know the condition and state of my heart. I trust you to so flood my heart and mind with your supernatural peace that all my anxiety is swept away. Make your presence and your peace so much more real to me than the troubles and trials of my life, that I truly become anxious for nothing. Amen!
Posted on Thu, May 5, 2016
by Alan Porter