The Results of Worry Not, Pray Instead

2 Jul

The results of presenting our requests to God with thanksgiving are found in verse seven:

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

This is a promise with a condition:  We will have peace if we stop worrying and give our worries to God.  The word for peace–eiréné–is the opposite of war, anxiety, and dissension.   Don’t we sense a war within us when we worry?  A war between the part of us that wants to trust God and the part of us that can’t seem to do it?  It’s like a tug-of-war inside us.  We’re involved in a double-minded struggle instead of looking to the One we need.

This peace is also peace of mind, tranquility arising from reconciliation with God, and a sense of divine welfare.  God cares for us.  He has our well-being at heart.  He is all-powerful.

We should not beat ourselves up because we continually need to bring our worries to God.  The word for peace is written in the present active participle, thus God’s peace continuously and repeatedly goes beyond all human understanding and will guard our hearts and minds.  We repeatedly schlep our worries to God, and He continuously and repeatedly gives us peace.

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