Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Anxiety and care are constant combatants in our pilgrimage toward our Fatherland. Assaults from without and darts from the Evil one are hurled in our direction to cause stumbling and offense. Believers hide their agitation under the guise of “prayerful concern” or a “burden”. Ministers of the gospel smile and converse of their “ministerial concern” which in many cases are nothing but carefulness. Peter writes to an afflicted church. Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you (I Peter 5:7).
The distinction between care and genuine love is a fine line. Care robs us of divine joy. Anxiety steals divine thanksgiving. Our minds become preoccupied with “things below” rather than things above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. The root of bitterness festers in our spirit. We begin to entertain doubts concerning God’s care for us. Brethren, what darts of discontentment have penetrated pass the shield of faith to wound your hearts and minds? What anxiety of the future or fretfulness over the past has cause a bruise of stumbling? Let us pause and answer this before the Lord Jesus Christ.
The guardian of our spirit and mind is the peace of God. We must acknowledge that at some point of our pilgrimage there has been a breach of the walls of peace that are to surround our minds. If these walls have been infiltrated, how does one repair the breach? The answer is to pray. Lift up the feeble hands which have lowered the shield of faith. Rise upon your feet and lift up your care to the One who cares for you. Supplicate before the Throne of His Grace for mercy and help in time of need. Weep and pour out all your anxiety. Meditate upon the promises of His grace. If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32)
You will begin to sense in your spirit the strength of His comfort. The assurance of His love and care for His children will be emboldened. His Word will flame your heart. Carefulnesswill be transfigured into thanksgiving. Joy will rejoice your heart. You will find, not just a peaceful release from the bondage of anxiety, the glory of Christ. Rest and peace will be your pilgrimage, for in the end what matters is that He possesses you. He is your inheritance, joy, and trust.