God’s Peace Will Keep You

We all make different plans at certain times in our lives from the time that we are children through adulthood.  We often learn as children that no matter what we plan, things may not turn out as we expect.  No matter how often the unexpected may happen, as children we do not give much thought to the things that may go wrong because we have our parents.  We know that they are always there and we can trust them to take of us and those things that concern us.  As children we tend to live a carefree life, not being consumed by uneasiness or fears.  We are innocent in our thoughts and actions and we openly ask for what we desire and give thanks for these specific requests with a willing and honest heart, knowing that we will receive what has been requested of our parents.

Somewhere in the midst of our growing up, often times many of us tend to lose this quality of innocence.  As with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we are introduced to a world that God never created us to know.  We are entangled in thoughts of anxiety and distress with an overwhelming need to keep busy and attentiveness to unproductive works.  But just as we knew our parents always took care of all that concerned us, God our heavenly father has always been there and continues to take care of all that concerns us.  God has always provided for all of our needs whether it was known to us or not.

“Be careful 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 passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7, KJV).  God wants us to know that He is always willing to give us what we have requested of Him.  We need only trust Him enough to ask openly for what we desire and with an honest and willing heart give Him thanks, knowing that we will grant our requests.  This includes trusting Him to know what is best for us despite our requests.  Through Jesus Christ we have available to us a state of serenity that allows us to not be overcome by the burdens of this world or our own thoughts and desires.   Even in the midst of not knowing we know that Christ maintains us in this condition which is good, fitting, and orderly to the purposes of God.  Although we may not understand this easiness of mind and inattentiveness of the unknown that exists when we are careful for nothing, we can rest in knowing Christ as our defense when we keep our hearts and minds focused on Him.  “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26: 4, KJV).

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