As far as it depends on you, let go of the anythings you are holding on to. Surrender them to the God who controls everything. Cast your anxieties upon the Lord, because he cares for you. Then God’s transcendent peace will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
When Paul writes to not be “anxious about anything but in everything…” what is resonating with me is the contrast of the anything and the everything. For many people, some thing (which can be anything), can interfere with every thing.
I know some people who suffer with anxiety. I cannot pretend to be able to speak to this from a clinical perspective. There are people who fully trust in God and rely upon him, yet still they suffer from a disorder which produces anxiety. Such people need this teaching, yet they also need more. They need stuff I cannot provide.
What I can provide is some encouragement that even though there are anythings in life which will propel us toward anxiety, we are in the hands of the God who oversees everything.
When we are connected to this truth, we rejoice in the Lord. We thankfully bring our prayers to God. God’s peace guards our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. This is a transcendent peace. It is above and over and defiant of understanding.
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Think about what is true, noble, right, just, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. Paul also says we should put into practice what the Bible teaches us. If we are living in God’s will, we will be more able to rejoice in him in everything instead of being sidetracked by anything.
As far as it depends on you, let go of the anythings you are holding on to. Surrender them to the God who controls everything. Cast your anxieties upon the Lord, because he cares for you…