By: Carole L. Haines
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Every morning, during the warm weather, I get up early and go around my house and open every door and window. This allows the fresh air to come in and cool off the house. I live in a place where I get to enjoy all the seasons; Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter. Every season carries unique fragrances into the house. It’s so refreshing. The Peace of God smells like that to me, refreshing, cleansing, calming. In today’s Scripture, we can see that the peace of God “will guard our hearts and minds in Jesus.” I want that, and I know you do too.
But this is the result of following the guidance given in the verse before it.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and pleading with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (vs 6)
We need to sit before the Lord and open all our doors and windows. We need to air out our souls before the Lord in order to live in His peace. How we do this is given right there in the Scripture.
1) Do not be anxious about anything
2) Pray about everything
3) Be thankful
4) Bring your requests to God.
This is airing out our souls. Like opening the doors and windows in our homes for fresh air to come in., we need to open ourselves up to God’s peace. I love how there is a promise here of having our hearts and minds guarded with God’s peace. God is the protector of our hearts and minds, but we must yield to His protective ways, we must surrender ourselves fully to Him.
Watch over your heart with all diligence,
For from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
Take the time each day to air out your souls before the Lord. God’s peace is a treasure beyond price and when we follow His guidance, as revealed in Philippians 4:6-7, we will abide in His peace. May the Lord Jesus bless your day.