“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.” Phil. 4:6 HCSB
Don’t worry. Two words that are easier said than to live out for yourself . When one of my friends, or family member, is having a hard time with a life event I often find myself saying, “Don’t worry.” There are times I have to convince myself not to worry. I have to dive into His word and repeat the scriptures until the words have crushed the worry into nonexistence.
Today those two words came back to me like a homing pigeon with a message tied on its leg. When I opened the message it began with “Don’t worry…,” of course this was after I had paid my bills for the month, and was left looking at the remainder. The remainder for – the month. Some of you may be in the same position, each month just making ends meet. Barley getting by. Some of you may be trying to catch up from last month, or two months ago. I understand your plight if you do.
This blog has become my journey to dive deeper into God’s Word like I never have before. The words I write are for me, as well as for you. So I hope they help. In my heart I know I am not alone. Friend, our situations may be different.
You may be dealing with:
- a loved one that is terminally ill
- you may be ill
- you may be on the brink of losing everything you own
- recently you may have heard the words “your position at work has been eliminated”
- you may have heard “I no longer want to be in this relationship, or marriage”
- your banker may have said “I’m sorry but you have no more money in your account to cover the expense”
Whatever your situation – you are not alone. You may feel alone, because all your friends and family seem to be flourishing. But, you are not. You remain in the same position – struggling.
If you’ve ever read Philippians 4:6 after we get past “don’t worry” we tend to focus on our situation. Yet, if we read on through the rest of the verse God tells us what to do, and how to not worry, so we don’t worry. He gives us three steps.
The first step we already know. Don’t worry.
The middle part of verse six says– Pray about everything. Tell God what you need. (NLT)
God is specific in his direction. He does not say pick and choose, or pray about some things, but everything. EVERY-THING. Do you pick and choose? Do you tell Him what you need? Remember this is you telling Him. That does not mean we will get everything we ask for. If you are a parent, do you give your child EVERYTHING they ask for? If you answered no, why? The same is with God.
The last part of verse six starts with “and;” and thank him for all he has done. (NLT)
We all have something to be thankful for. Are you reading this? Then you can be thankful for your eyesight. If you are reading this on your smartphone, pc, or tablet. You can be thankful for that. Are you healthy? Did you eat today at all? Do you have clothes on your back? I know those may sound mundane, but there are millions of people in the world that did not even have a meal today. You may have had more than three. Just saying. I’ve only listed a few, but you get the idea. If you are like me you can begin to thank Him and then all of a sudden your mind goes back to your dilemma, and worry rushes back to the front of the line. If that’s you too, get a pen and paper and write down everything you are thankful for – then read the list. Over and over if needed, until verse seven magnifies itself.
“Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand.” (Phil. 4:7a NLT)
Some people are happy no matter what. I tend to think they cry behind closed doors, but that’s ok. That is between you and God. He sees and hears you. Remember verse six – pray about EVERYTHING. Tell God. That’s part of it. Take Him your tears, fears, concerns, needs, and praises. With those steps no matter our situation peace floods our souls like a tsunami rushing into shore. My study bible describes the peace as “knowing God is in control.” (NLTSB)
This will take practice, lots of practice. Especially if you are a natural worrier. One thing is for certain God never says, “Try not to worry.” He says – “Don’t worry.” Once we learn to follow the three steps in Philippians 4:6, we can confidently say the next time a problem arises – God is in control; I will not worry.
©Gentle Whisper Ministries 2015, re-post 2/2017
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