Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Written by: Jimmy Leaf
To fully understand Paul’s message to the Philippians, we must first understand that Paul wrote this from prison. He was shackled to a guard all day, yet he still taught to rejoice in the Lord. He echoes what Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-34 and reminds us not to be anxious about anything. Instead, Paul calls for us to bring our concerns to God through prayer; for us to rely on God’s provision and love for His children. When we do this, a supernatural peace, which is beyond understanding, will surround us.
As a parent, I watch and listen to the worries of my children. I feel their anxiety over things that, as an adult and as their father, I view as minor. But to my children, their worries are valid and justifiable because they cannot see the things that I see; they do not know how I can provide for them. Due to this lack of understanding, they fear what they cannot control. The greatest enjoyment of parenting is having a loving relationship with my children where they come, sit on my lap, and present their desires to me.
If I, a sinner, desire to provide for my children, imagine what God can do for His children. God can and will provide what you need when you present your requests to Him through prayer. He desires to have that same loving relationship with you as I have with my children. He wants His children to live in a peace that transcends all understanding. We view our worries as valid because we do not understand how much God loves and desires to provide for us.
Thought of the day: Being a Christian does not remove troubles from your life (John 16:33), but we have a promise through Jesus that He is greater than any trouble you can bring to Him. The first step is to bring it to Him.
Prayer: Lord, You know my fears, worries, and anxieties. You know my heart better than me. I pray that You grant me a peace that surpasses all understanding and wisdom to know Your heart more. Amen!