“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell god what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 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.” – Phillipians 4:6-7; NLT
I have found myself in a situation where my future with a company is up in the air. As I’m sure you can imagine, I am very worried, because I have bills to pay and loans to re-pay and I have a wife to help out financially in ensuring that we have a place to live and food to eat.
And as I’m driving home from work, a thought, a Scripture verse, to be specific, crossed my mind: “Be anxious for nothing…”
And that, of course, sets off a spiral of emotions that I’m not ready to face, but have no choice to face.
As a disciple of Jesus Christ, I, of course, consider obedience to His teachings and the Scriptures to be my highest priority. So, when Jesus tells me not to worry, I am constrained to obey. But that’s hard.
We have all been in these types of situations, where our future, the future of our family or home or friend or job or anything and everything, is in question. And we worry.
“Where’s the money going to come from?”
“I can’t lose him. He can’t die. I need him.”
“Where are the kids? Why aren’t they home yet?”
“What are we going to eat tomorrow?”
“How am I going to buy new clothes for the school year?”
These are all questions that, in some way shape or form, plague the hearts and minds of every human being at some point in their lives.
And here, we are faced with a simple command. “Don’t worry.”
As it was put a few years ago, “Let go and let God.” Or even “Fully Rely On God.”
And this is hard.
But the apostle Paul, under direction of the Holy Spirit, tells us exactly what we should do when we start to worry.
It’s that simple. It really is. We simply take it to God, thank Him for what He has already done, and everything will be okay.
I’m not saying that everything will suddenly fall into place and all your troubles will be over. Rather, God’s peace will flood over you. This peace is indescribable. Paul states that it is something “which exceeds anything we can understand.”
Jesus makes a good point regarding how we should handle our life situations and stresses.
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus commands those who are listening to not worry about what they will eat or wear, because God already knows everything they need.
As a matter of fact, Jesus states that the line of questions of what will we eat, wear, live, get our next paycheck from, all dominates the minds of those who do not believe in God and His goodness. (Matt. 6:32)
And what is Jesus’ solution to all the problems we claim are so big?
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” (6:33; NLT)
We know the verse better as this, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
In plain English: seek God and His kingdom first and foremost, above everything else that you seek in this world. And God will take care of you.
This is what the Sovereign LORD says.