What should today look like? Peace which passes our own ability to comprehend. Joy we cannot put into words, or describe. Rest. There are seasons where we need to turn again, intentionally, to the God of all comfort. This is such a season. Forgetfulness is a human condition. Due to our finite nature we at times cease to remember that God supplies all of our needs (Philippians 4:19). These can be hard times. Such times are marked by anxiety, stress, or burnout even up to and including depression. In the dawning of this new day God is calling us back to a worry free sojourn.
How do we live free of undue anxiety? We must turn our cares over to the Lord (1st Peter 5:6-7). I know that you may be asking, "Just how do I do that?" It is a question I have asked as well. The Apostle Paul gives us a three-fold answer by the Holy Spirit. First, we must keep rejoicing in the Lord. In every situation of life, and all times we are to be filled with joy. The joy of the Lord is strength! Secondly, in every situation we are to pray, making our needs desires, and wishes known to God. Prayer alone must not be offered to God. It needs to be accompanied with thanksgiving. It is pretty hard to be burdened if we are truly praising God and being appreciative of who he is, and what he has done, and even what he will do in the future.
We cannot go on to the final principle taught by Paul, because the second needs further unpacking. This revered teacher of scripture points out that prayer accompanied with thanksgiving is to have a definite result. When we pray and give thanks to God the result is peace. This is no ordinary peace. It is supernatural. The peace which results, is one that is beyond natural comprehension. Further still, this peace keeps the believers heart and mind at rest by the power available through Jesus Christ. Hallelujah. Amen. Can it get any better? Yes!
In verses 8 and 9 of Philippians chapter 4 we have a third and final point in teaching us to live worry free. Paul teaches that if we meditate on things which are: true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous, and praiseworthy that peace is transportable. Yes, you did read correctly - the peace of God has just gone mobile. We can take it with us wherever we go.
Now, the enemy may have you saying, "Yeah others believers can achieve this, but not me." God has remedied this objection as well. We all can do it by the power of Jesus Christ living within us (Philippians 4:13). Hear the voice of the Spirit, dear believer. Walk in peace. Walk in Joy. Be at rest. Give every burden, concern, and care to God. He can handle it.
Bishop W. R. Turner