This morning I went on a search for the word peace in the bible. I sat at my desk and began to look at scripture that contained the word peace. Many are common verses that we use regularly without stopping to ask the question, what does this mean? Is peace my responsibility or are we to leave it all up to God? I stopped at one of the most common quoted sections of scripture. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
We are given instructions and guidance in this section of scripture. We are NOT to be anxious about anything. When we separate this sentence from what follows, it leads us to believe that we have the capacity within us to NOT be anxious about anything. Following this we are given an instead. Instead of being anxious, we are to pray and ask God, and thank him as we present our requests to him.
This is our part of the equation to receive the peace from God. This will assist us to not be anxious and God will give us a peace that goes behind what we are able to understand. I find the last few words comforting. This is what guards my heart. This is what protects my heart. This is what guards my mind. This is what protects my mind.
Now as we go back and read Philippians 4:6-7 it is valuable to ask ourselves this question; "why do I continue to fret and live in anxiousness, when God gives me clear steps to take, to rid myself of living with a lack of peace in any situation that may come my way.
Today's question; Am I willing to do the part God gives me to do to stay in peace? Or would I rather fret and live my daily life in stress and tension? The choice we make is an individual choice. Will we choose anxiety or peace?
(The Relationship Project w/ Nancy J. 2014,