Philippians 4:6-7 is a familiar portion of scripture that brings great comfort to believers. Here are Paul’s words in the New Living Translation. “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 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.”
Paul exhorted the Philippian believers, as well as us, to leave all our worries and concerns with Jesus in prayer. We are to tell God what we need and then thank Him for things we know God has done and provided for us in the past. How will that help with our worrying? Reviewing in our mind all the blessings God has given makes us realize that what we have is His and He has caused all things in our lives to work together for good. Perhaps we cannot see it right now, but we have to trust His promise in Romans 8:28 “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Reviewing the circumstances of our lives, the ups and downs, the narrow escapes, the blessings of each day, the miracles done on our behalf causes us to thank God. Knowing He has provided in the past and will in the future gives us hope and creates thanksgiving in our hearts. The end result is what Paul proclaimed- PEACE! The peace Jesus brings in such situations is all from Him, it is encompassing and beyond description.
Are you worried, frustrated, consumed with grief or depression? Turn to God in prayer with thanks in your heart, think about God and all He has done for you, and you will find peace. If your circumstances are difficult and you struggle to find earthly thanks then turn your thanks to God for your spiritual blessings. You are loved by God, saved, have a home in heaven, are a saint and loved child of God, you are redeemed and freed from the penalty of sin….. Your spiritual blessings are eternal and no one or nothing here can change or corrupt them. Give thanks and His peace will come upon you.
Have a blessed day filled with Thanks to Him.