Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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.
(Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV))
Are your heart and mind guarded?
I know that this may sound like a ridiculous question, but think about that for a moment. Does the peace of God guard your heart and mind?
It is human nature to be anxious. It is human nature to pace the floor over things that are out of your control. It is human nature to worry over things that will take their own natural course.
Don’t get me wrong. Everybody worries now and then. It takes a strong faith to not worry. Perhaps it takes some episodes where you do find yourself worrying to make you realize that worry will not change a thing. I have been in hospital emergency rooms worrying about my family. I have been in situations were I find myself worrying about finances. Looking back, I realize that all of my worrying had no effect on the outcome. I learned an important lesson through my worrying. The world is still here. My family is still here. I am still here. God is still good.
God is still good!
He never changes. He knows what we can handle. He knows what will happen before it happens. He knows one thing that we must not forget.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose
(Romans 8:28 (NIV))
If we honestly love God, all things will work for the good of those who love Him. If we have the faith to believe His Word, then why should we worry? We are told to put our trust in Him. We are told to not be afraid.
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
(Matthew 10:29-31 (NIV))
I want you to think back on my first question and rethink your answer.
Are your heart and mind guarded by the peace of God?