Wednesday Word 12.19.2018
Philippians 4:4-7 New International Version
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Human beings are not trained for peace. We are trained for survival. That may sound silly coming from a woman of a certain age with a host of scars, metal parts and a cane in the backseat. I would certainly have a hard time fending off your average predator in the wild! Regardless of my personal state of readiness, anxiety was meant to let us know when we are in imminent danger. We get those weird feelings when something just isn’t right. That is nature’s way of trying to preserving us. However, we were not meant to turn anxiety into a lifestyle.
This is one of my all-time favorite passages. I get such comfort from these words! Paul tells us to let go of our anxiety in every situation. Just let it melt away. We should be praying from a state of gratitude in every situation. God is there, near to us, in every situation. Good times and bad. We get ourselves into such a state that we forget! God is near in every situation. Every situation.
I have been working on this principle for a long time now. I am still far from proficient. But, I can honestly say I have experienced an inexplicable sense of well-being at times when I would have been sick with worry a few years ago. It takes practice to learn how to turn to God in every situation, and I hope to do better. My experience has been that the more you are aware of God’s love and presence, the less room for fear. That peace, that love, now that is something to pray about…
Your sister in Christ, Vicki