Text: Philippians 4; 1 Chronicles 13-14
In these times, it is easy to find reasons to be anxious. Whether it is Covid-19, social unrest, violence in the cities or just plain life, the news is filled with the sensational and the awful. In our personal lives we deal with real crises and imagined ones. How are you this day? At peace? Anxious? Philippians 4:6-9 is a wonderful, short treatise on how to live a life of joy and peace:
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Two big ideas are here for us. To have peace in place of anxiety, pray. And to live in peace, direct your thought life to the good stuff. God’s Word here is clear. If we pray when we are anxious, He promises us peace – peace that makes no sense because God promises it even when circumstances are just plain awful. Pray and you will have peace. And thoughts about true things, honorable things, just, pure and lovely things (etc.) also bring us to a place of peace. And here’s what is most remarkable: There are many things we cannot change – but we can always choose to pray and we can always choose to redirect our thoughts to the good. And so we can always find peace.
in Him, Mike