Pastor’s Piece on the Master’s Peace #5

PASTORS PIECE on the MASTERS PEACE

Philippians 4:6-7

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (NKJV)

 

“What does the Bible say about worry?”

The Bible clearly teaches that Christians are not to worry. In Philippians 4:6, we are commanded, “Do not be anxious [do not worry] about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” In this Scripture, we learn that we should bring all our needs and concerns to God in prayer rather than worry about them. Also, as we’ve addressed in previous devotionals this week, we learned that Jesus encourages us to avoid worrying about our physical needs like clothing and food. Jesus assures us that our heavenly Father will take care of all our needs (Matthew 6:25-34). Therefore, we have no need to worry about anything.

You might be thinking, Pastor Ralph, I really don’t want to worry, but so much is happening around me and I just can’t help myself.  Since worrying should not be a part of my life, how do I overcome worry?  In 1 Peter 5:7, we are instructed to “cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” God does not want us to carry around the weight of problems and burdens. In this verse, God is telling us to give Him all  our worries and concerns. Why does God want to take on our problems? The Bible says it is because He cares for us. God is concerned about everything that happens to us. No worry is too big or too small for His attention. When we give God our problems, He promises to give us the peace which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

Of course, for those who do not know the Saviour, worry and anxiety will be part of life. But to those who have given their lives to Him, Jesus promised, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

Finally, remember that you are not in this alone.  Secondary to going first to God, we also know that we have one another to lean on. Galatians 6:2 “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” (NLT) Please  know, that if you ever need to talk, give either pastor a call or facetime us. We are always ready to serve.