“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)
Ramblings from Evan’s dad – “Give us this day our daily bread”…that is a very comforting thought in today’s world. Watching TV last night I saw a couple being interviewed that had lost much of their 401K. They were concerned and worried about retirement. They weren’t just worrying about their daily bread, they were worrying about their lifetime bread.
It’s so easy to get caught up in the fears of this world. Don’t get me wrong, its OK, to try and be wise with your money for the future. I like what St. Augustine said, “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depends on you.” But it’s nice to know that as a follower of Jesus Christ, God gives us this promise of providing our daily bread. It should remind us to live today with our eyes wide open, soaking up God’s goodness, and enjoying His creation. After all, we aren’t promised tomorrow.
This text from Philippians is one of my favorites. I memorized it early on with Dr. Jim, yet there are still many times I don’t apply it to my life like I should. A problem or dilemma arises and I worry about it, instead of taking verse 6 at face value and “worry about NOTHING, but in everything with prayer, and thankfulness, present it to God.” When you present something to someone, it should be an act of giving, and not giving Him the concern and then taking it back so you can worry about it some more. The other thing I need to remember is the God of Creation wants to know my concerns. He wants to take care of my daily needs (not daily want’s). I like what Rick Warren says, “Gratitude is the healthiest emotion you can have…The more you develop an attitude of appreciation for God, your family, and other people, the healthier you are emotionally.” Considering what we are hearing on the nightly news, I think we could all stand to be a little healthier emotionally.
In Philippians Paul goes on to tell us in verse 7 that if we do verse 6, “the peace of God that goes beyond our understanding, will guard our hearts and mind in Christ Jesus”. Why can’t I get that through my thick skull?
When I slow down for a minute, close my eyes and meditate on the peace of God through Christ Jesus, my whole perspective changes. The brevity of life here comes into focus, and I truly have a peace that passes all understanding, with a grateful heart to my Creator and my Savior.
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)