Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
We all have worries! We worry about school, our jobs, our families, our friends, our relationships and even our pets. We worry about what people think about us and we worry about the future. We worry so much, that when God tells us not to be anxious, it seems impossible.
In these verses, Paul is telling us what to do with these worries. He is telling us to pray. We are to give it all up to God. All the clutter that fills your mind and all the stuff that’s getting in the way of your relationship with God needs to be presented to Him.
Do you know what these verses do not say? These verses do not say that your problems will all go away. It’s easy to think: “I followed the instruction. I pray every day and tell him all my concerns, but I still have problems.” Then, we add a whole new bunch of anxieties to the list.
God is saying that if you rely on him, he will give you peace. He will give you peace that “transcends all understanding,” which means that you will feel peace in even the hardest of situations. You will feel peace when the world tells you that you shouldn’t.
In the book of Job, Job lost his family and all his possessions, yet he still praised the Lord and refused to sin against him. Even his wife cursed Job for his steadfastness. Times were still tough, but he understood that God was in control of all things.
Today, do you want to feel peace? Give it all to God. He will take care of the rest.