I’m not a big worrier. I do have certain things I worry about, but I have some friends who worry about a lot more than I have ever thought about.
I worry every now and then about permanently messing up my kids.
I worry about dying before my kids find salvation in Jesus.
I worry about my husband’s safety driving home late at night if he isn’t home when I expect him to be.
But these are still worries, and we are told in scripture to not worry.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” ~ Philippians 4:6
This is a much quoted and dearly loved verse, but I hate that people don’t go on to quote verse 7.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 4:7
Isn’t this what worriers want? Peace? And this is even MORE than peace. It’s a peace which surpasses all comprehension. But what I think is so neat about this verse is the Greek word used for guard. It’s the word phroureo, which means kept with a garrison. According to Webster’s, a garrison is a military post; especially : a permanent military installation.
Isn’t that a grand picture??? Be anxious for nothing. Pray. Be thankful. Tell God your requests. Then God’s peace, which we cannot understand, will permanently build a wall of protection around your heart and mind and guard you in Christ Jesus.
I kinda like the peace given to me by these military officers. I like my home. I like that I don’t have to worry about receiving daily needs. It makes me want to thank those I come in contact with for their sacrifice.
Jesus’ sacrifice was even better. So why worry?