by Pastor David Grey
“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
Last week, at the close of my column, I referred to this passage in Philippians. Though I did so almost in passing, I did not mean to treat it lightly.
I am convinced that these two short verses contain one of the greatest promises God ever gave to us. It does not speak of great things already accomplished nor of wonderful things to come. Rather it is a promise that God has given to his people for their appropriation right now!
The Lord knows that one of the results of the great fall is that the world is a fearful place in which to live.
Depending upon the particular translation, the word fear appears as many as four hundred times in Scripture.
Fears great and small are the plague of all mankind and will be until the new heaven and earth is created without blemish; forever pure.
Men have different ways of dealing with their fears but none provide true peace.
The Lord, alone, is the source of peace that is beyond human comprehension; a peace that this world cannot know and which can be found nowhere in all of creation.
It is a peace that calms the heart and mind, instantly removing the anxiety accompanying the trial faced right now.
His peace does not depend upon the removal of that trial.
While the situation yet remains and the natural reason for that fear is still there, God grants a peace that has no explanation other than that He, in his wonderful graciousness, has placed it there.
It is a peace God gives when we simply obey and follow his direction. For the promise (the peace) comes with the stipulation that look to Him. He says that when we are anxious we are to, “pray about everything, telling God what we need… thanking him for all he has done.”
This does not refer to some quick prayer we mutter while turning our attention back to the source of our anxiety.
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