Philippians 4:6-7 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything through prayer with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God: and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding shall guard your heart and minds through Jesus Christ”
The Apostle Paul told us to not worry about anything just as Jesus had told his disciples.
Your rent or house payment is due? God knows; don’t worry about it. Running out of food? God knows. Your car is breaking down? God knows. You just got laid off? God knows. Your spouse wants a divorce? God knows. You parent is suffering the effects of old age? God knows. Your child is suffering or has died? God knows. Are you yourself suffering physically or even perhaps dying? God knows. Whatever your present circumstances are or future circumstances will be; God knows because he allowed them to happen and He wants you to seek Him rather than worry about what is going on around you.
This verse in no way releases you from the responsibility of trying to fix or improve your circumstances but, only your attitude about them.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
In Greek the verse is more insistent and even is a command. It says ask and keep on asking. Seek and keep on seeking. Knock, and keep on knocking. You should do whatever you are able to do, seek help and comfort through those who God has placed around you, but do not allow your worries to overwhelm you. Hold fast to God’s hand. God may not make your circumstances better. Indeed! He may allow them to get worse. God’s purpose is to conform you into the image of Christ. You know life here is temporary but God has promised to never leave you or forsake you as you go through whatever circumstances you are going through. He is going through them with you and will give you peace about them as you seek him first.
Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD himself, is the Rock eternal.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
We must trust in the Lord with all our hearts, believing he is able and wise to do what is best. The Lord is our shepherd and we are to follow him wherever he leads us. When our spirit is exhausted, wearied, troubled, anxious, worn down with care and toil; when our heart becomes exhausted, He re-animates and restores us. He brings back our vigor. He encourages us; excites us to new effort; fills us with new joy. He does this because we are the sheep of his flock.
What should we do instead of worrying?
1. Pray for what you need as well as for what you want.
2. Tell God that you are thankful for what he has already given you (count your blessings, name them one by one).
3. Request from God everything you need for the day, and desire for those you love, every day.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Notice that this verse does not say to give thanks “For” all circumstances, but “IN” all circumstances. Wherever we find ourselves, whether we are down in the valley of despair or up on the mountaintop of success. Even in the worst of circumstances, on our death bed and with our last breath we have something to be thankful for. We will have all eternity to thank God for adopting us into his family and giving us eternal life. “Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice” (Philippians 4:4) expresses this same principal. We have so much to be thankful for daily that our conversation with God should begin and end with a list of items we are thankful for. God has richly blessed us with all spiritual blessings.
What happens then?
The peace of God (the feeling of contentment and security) which surpasses understanding (the peace of God that goes beyond rational thought and understanding from a human perspective) shall guard (the term is like that of a Roman soldier walking back and forth in front of a fort) your heart and mind (will not allow through whatever thoughts God does not want to pass.) through Jesus Christ.
So then, you pray to God to give you what you need to live, with thanksgiving. You do your part to fulfill your needs and trust God to do his part. The peace of God will give you the feeling of security and protect your mind from the attacks of doubt that occasionally occur. God will meet your needs according to his will and you will become more like Jesus as you focus on God rather than your circumstances.