Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, with prayer and supplication, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4: 6, 7

 

Among my most dysfunctional of times are those where I am trying to deal with something that I don’t have a ready answer to. These can be relationship issues, challenges at work, bills to pay, or a home improvement project that just won’t come together. I can get overwhelmed by anxiety and concern; sometimes I get to a place where I can’t function at all. These times are frustrating and the feeling of being bound in tight ropes with no room to move spills over into other aspects of my day; so, I become less capable in general.

 

When anxiety is afoot, Paul tells us to take the issue, even more importantly, take the anxiety to God. Trust is the center piece of the first sentence; we are instructed to go to God with a spirit of thanksgiving, rejoicing in the consistency of response that we have received in the past and in the anticipation of the Lord’s response to us this time. Talk the situation over with our Father, really open up our hearts to him, pour out the issue and let the rest of the story come out also. When I am in one of these anxiety funks, I can usually trace a history of similar situations that have gone badly, at least in my estimation, and that are now adding to my stress and placing the heavy weight on top of my ability to move forward. So, in these times, we can take the story to God, consider His involvement in our lives, give Him the respect and the honor that He has earned, and listen to God’s voice. He will not be silent.

 

Sometimes the voice that He uses is very soft, and sometimes it is as the roar of a jet engine; yet, it is always there. Paul speaks powerfully to me when He says to let the peace of God guard my heart and my mind. Most of the time God has already equipped me with the skills and the reasoning ability to solve the dilemma. The answers may not be so easy, they may require hard work, but they are there. It is the peace of heart and mind that opens me up, that frees me to use the resources that God has provided. My prayer is that the peace of God would wash over us all throughout the day; that we would stay close to Christ in an attitude of life walk prayer where we allow Him to continually wrap us in His warming cloak of clear, peaceful thinking.

 

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