READ : Philippians 4:6-7
Paul suggests three actions as a recipe for the peace of God that surpasses all understanding and guards our hearts and minds.
- Don’t worry about anything. “Worry is a cycle of inefficient thought whirling around a center of fear.” Another definition: “Worry is a chronic process of making mountains out of molehills” (E. Stanley Jones). Write down exactly what you are worrying about. Decide what you can do about it. Surrender your apprehension to God. Then burn what you wrote.
- Pray about everything. Petitionary prayer, according to Augustine, is “our greatest strength and God’s greatest weakness.” Jesus said, “Ask, and it shall be given to you.” He responds to all our desires and needs as we come before him in honesty and truth. Paul urges prayer over 26 times in his letters-it’s important to him and should be to us.
- Be thankful. We once entertained a relative for eight days and he never said thank you. How neglected God must feel when we fail to thank him!
I indicated earlier that I received a profound blessing from this passage when our son Billy died. I go back to Paul’s recipe for peace many times.
Help us, God, to use your recipe for peace daily.