Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Many things cause us to worry. Worry does not show how much we care. Worry prevents us from giving our full attention to people we love or situations that impact our life. Worry is sin. Sin is doing what God says not to do or not doing what God says to do. Our text today contains two commands of the Lord that overcome worry in our lives and guard us with a peace that surpasses all understanding.
Do not be anxious or worry. The Greek grammar tells us we are not to continually be worried. We are not to be habitual worriers. This command when broken alerts us to take action. We are to repent of our worry and confess our anxiety to God. Worry comes because we are not trusting God. Worry reveals we think God doesn't want to help, can't help, or intends to harm us. All those views are wrong. Romans 8:32 tells us why. He gave us His best gift to us first to solve our greatest problem, how will He not provide the help we need for all our lesser problems.
The second command we are to continuously obey by faith when worry comes upon us is to make known our requests to God with thanksgiving. How do we exercise faith? We attempt to obey expecting the Lord to fulfill our act of faith with His power. Whatever is worrying us we take to God asking for His help. He will give us His peace that passes all understanding to guard our hearts and minds. We will be able to give our full attention to gaining and implementing God's wisdom concerning what caused us to worry. We are blessed when we hear and obey the word of the Lord Jesus Christ.