Too Busy to Be Anxious
Years ago, our pastor was preaching through this passage and it changed my life. I have said in previous posts that we were just a very busy young family. There were several different times when I struggled with depression and anxiety. When you are super busy, you do not have time for any of that! Am I right? Are you too busy to be anxious? It is time to decompress.
Time to Decompress
Let’s take some time to decompress today. Of course, this will be an ongoing thing, right? We will have to change our old habits by replacing them with new habits. This is an exciting day! Let’s get started!
This is where the verses 4, 5 and 6 all come together. God shows His love for us in such beautiful ways. I think Verse 7 is a beautiful example of that.
Philippians 4:7 (Verses 4-7) ESV
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand, do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
In the last few days, we have talked about Paul’s instructions in Verses 4-7. One thing I have failed to mention is that these verses are written in the imperative, so it is a command. Paul is clearly telling the church at Philippi and us to do these things. He is not asking or suggesting.
As an Apostle of Jesus Christ, God gave Paul the authority to instruct us. That is what he is doing here. God inspired him to write this down, giving it the validity of being God’s Word.
Let’s look at Verse 7 now:
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding…”
God’s peace is the only peace that lasts. Think about that.
Any earthly peace, man-made peace or generated peace fades, sometimes very quickly.
And His peace – we cannot even understand it – it comes from Him and it is one of those things that are higher than ours. See Isaiah 55:8-9.
Back to the verse:
“…will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
To me, this is a Wow! statement. No matter what we do, we cannot generate our own peace. This verse is clearly saying that God’s peace will do the guarding. We do not need to try to keep our hearts peaceful.
We need to do verse 4, 5, and 6 and then God will do verse 7. Is that not awesome!?!
Because these four verses make up an if/then statement. The “if” and the “then” are implied rather than stated, but they are there.
So if we:
- Rejoice in the Lord.
- Act in a reasonable manner to others.
- Know that the Lord is near.
- Do not be anxious but trust God with everything.
- God’s peace will guard our hearts and our minds.
The most amazing part is that even the part God is calling us to do, He, by the power of the Holy Spirit, will help us to do.
A Plan for Decompression Complete
We have talked a lot about how life is in this busy world that we live in. Stress, anxiety, pressure… are all words we are very familiar with. There is no magic pill or formula that makes things in this life easier. However, the Maker and Creator of every single one of us can definitely change the entire picture. This “plan” in Philippians is just a small part of God’s great big plan. His plan is not that we be always stressed, anxious, exhausted and whipped. His plan is that we be His – resting in His hands as we go about our daily life. God designed us to depend on Him and trust Him for peace, purpose, and fulfilment. Following His plan keeps us not only sane but peaceful.
Start today! Begin paying attention to your attitude, actions, and anxiety. Filter them though verses 4, 5, and 6. Ask God to help you do what you are supposed to do. Place reminders in your face – fridge, bathroom mirror, computer screen… to help you remember that these things are your job. Then, trust God to do His. His peace will guard your heart and change your life!
Doing a Devotional Series
Very often, I cannot adequately talk about one verse alone, and if I attempted to talk about a passage like this one, in one post it would be several thousand words. That is why I often do a series of posts from consecutive verses.
I hope you are blessed by the deeper devotionals on Tapestry. My heart’s desire is not to give you a positive thought for the day, but to give you something that will bring you closer to God. As we study together, I am growing in my knowledge of God, His Word, and in my relationship with Him. I fervently hope that you are, as well! My prayer is that we will all grow together and glorify God with our lives. I would love to hear from you! Comment below.
Thank You, so much for Your Word, Lord. I am overwhelmed by Your great and beautiful love for us. I thank You that You not only tell us what we need to do but then You help us do it. Make us what You want us to be today. Help us to trust You with all the things we are anxious about. Please be glorified in our lives and help us know You well and love You deeply. In Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.
Go Deeper Today:
2 Peter 1:3-11