Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6, 7
There’s a great deal we could worry about these days.
There’s this little thing known as a pandemic, for example.
Related to that, I’ve been worrying about when we should return to church as a family. You see, my husband is a firefighter and still deals with Covid patients regularly.
Should we return to church and risk exposing our elderly congregation to the virus?
So far, I don’t have a clear answer from the Lord about that, and neither does my husband.
But when I read today’s Scripture, I was reminded that while I need to continue praying and seeking a resolution to that issue, I don’t need to worry about it.
In fact, I’m commanded not to worry about it.
Philippians 4:6 says that we are to be careful, or “full of care,” about nothing. Not one thing, even the issues of life that concern us the most. God has promised to answer our prayers in his perfect time, and in his perfect way.
Fretting and hand-wringing won’t hasten the process.
Instead, we are to come before God with supplication – a sincere, earnest, heartfelt prayer – as well as praise and thanksgiving.
Praising God for past answers to prayer demonstrates our faith in him, and it reminds us of his faithfulness to us. In turn, gratitude eases the pressure of our concerns and puts them into perspective.
And, although God certainly knows what troubles us, he asks that we make our requests known to him. He wants us to pour out our hearts to him, and, like any good father, he promises to take good care of us.
In the mean time, until his answers are clear, he promises to provide peace in the midst of the storm.
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? …. If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him? – Luke 11:9-13
How do you deal with worry? I welcome your thoughts in the comments.