READ : Philippians 4:6-7
“Don’t worry, be happy . . .“is the superficial advice of a zany song that surfaced some years ago. It seemed to imply that we can get rid of anxiety simply by deciding to do so. Don’t we wish that were so? Paul, in our text, provides sounder advice.
To worry is to care deeply about someone or something; and it is a positive force in our lives. But anxiety can become immobilizing. That is the danger Paul is talking about.
The Philippians had legitimate reasons to worry. In addition to the usual worries of everyday life, becoming Christians added the real possibility of severe persecution. Paul knew firsthand what they faced. He drew on his own experience to help them and us too. The key to handling excessive worry is a thankful heart. It helps us focus on and celebrate what God has done and is doing in our lives. Thankfulness affirms God’s ability to deal with our problems as he sees fit; and it reminds us that he is worthy of our trust.
When that reality hits home in our hearts, Paul assures us that an extraordinary peace will follow, protecting us from undue worry.
written by Jack Cooper
Grant me, Lord, a thankful heart and that wonder-filled peace only you can give. Amen.