Monday July 4, 2005
The Pathway to Peace
We all have responsibilities—whether regarding work, family, church, or community—and we may rightly feel some concern about how to carry out these commitments. When our natural cares get out of balance, the result is anxiety.
The apostle Paul faced an inordinate number of trials (2 Corinthians 11:23-28), and yet he was able to say, “Be anxious for nothing.” He understood that anxiety reveals a lack of faith—it’s not possible to be worried while fully trusting God. Fretfulness also takes a toll physically and psychologically, dividing the mind and draining energy. Furthermore, excessive apprehension prevents effective service to the Lord by keeping one’s focus self-centered rather than God-centered.
In order to keep our concerns in balance, we must present our requests to God (Philippians 4:6), who is ready, willing, and totally sufficient to deal with every single care we bring Him. We do this by:
• Prayer. The Greek word implies worship, devotion, and appreciation for God’s attributes—not some quick, panicky thought tossed His way.
• Supplication. This is a cry of humility, conveying our awareness that we are totally helpless and dependent upon almighty God.
• Thanksgiving. We are to approach God without blame or complaint, but with appreciation that He will ultimately use this difficulty for our good, as He has promised. (Romans 8:28) We can truly be grateful for His deliverance, His lessons, and even the tools He uses to refine us.
When we bring God our requests in this way, the awesome result will be His wonderful, inexplicable peace. (Philippians 4:7) Realizing this, we should learn to go to Him first—not a last resort.
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