Our daily devotional this month focuses on peace. The principle we are exploring is When we trust God, with a thankful heart, anxiety melts away and we have great peace.
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 4:7
A characteristic of anxiety is that it disturbs our peace. A paradox that most of us face is that we pray for peace then become anxious over the circumstances of our life. It appears that Paul, in this passage, is giving us a formula for sustained peace in the time of potentially disturbing circumstances.
If we start at the middle of this passage and work back to the beginning we find a formula for peace. We start with a thankful heart, then, with a spirit of thanksgiving we prepare a list of our needs and present them to God trusting that he will take care of those things we have given to him. Strangely, when we have done that in faith with a truly thankful heart, anxiety just melts away and God gives us peace.
What are the circumstances of your life that are disturbing you? Do you, like so many others today, face financial challenges? How about your physical condition; do you suffer with a chronic sickness? Are you challenged by difficult relationships? The answer to all of these circumstances is the same – submit them to God.
We must trust God and his word before we can have a thankful heart. We look to the word of God for assurance and pray until we are thankful for what God has done, then we are ready to petition him for the things that disturb us. Remember we are anxious because we are not trusting God. Trusting God demolishes anxiety and gives us peace.
Prayer: Lord, I am quick to become disturbed over circumstances that make my life difficult. Grant me the grace to trust you, particularly when I can’t see any way these circumstances are going to come out good. Grant me a thankful heart for what you are doing in my life. In Jesus name, amen.
Applying this daily devotional:
Principle: When we trust God, with a thankful heart, anxiety melts away and we have great peace
Affirmation: I do trust God and I am thankful. I have peace knowing that he is in control.
Reflection: We all have occasions to be stressed out and anxious about the way things are. What are some of the things which cause you to be anxious? How can you be relieved of that stress and anxiety?
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