Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:7 (NET)
“Do not be anxious about anything.”
This is easier said than done. It can be so difficult to feel at peace when you can’t see what lies ahead. We spend our lives thinking about the future; what career to pursue, who you’ll spend your life with, when to start a family, and so much more.
“Not my will, but Yours be done.”
We know this in our minds; God has every intention for us to be a part of his kingdom family. What we think we want for ourselves might not be in line with how God wants to shape us for his kingdom. But it’s so hard to guard our hearts when the things we want most in life feel just out of reach. We know we don’t have ultimate control but how do we cope when disappointment comes?
We do have control. We make the choice to turn to God. We can tell Him our requests through prayer and petition. And when things turn out differently than we had hoped, we make the choice to find peace in His will even when we don’t understand it. Because the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Belief in God and Jesus means that we trust their judgement, we trust that whatever they work out in our lives is because they love us and want us to be a part of their kingdom.
“So do not be overly concerned about what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not worry about such things. For all the nations of the world pursue these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, pursue his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is well pleased to give you the kingdom.”Luke 12:29-32 NET