Today’s Scripture Selection: Philippians 4:6-7

“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 minds in Christ Jesus.”

I know.  It’s easier said than done, especially the part about “in every situation.”

But I know it to be 100% true.

That’s why I turn to this passage from Paul’s letter to the Philippians for my first post about Scriptures that bring healing and wholeness.

I suppose all people, in all times, have thought they lived in the most difficult of times.  War, famine, corruption, disease, hatred, greed, the list goes on and on.  The world can be a very dark place.

And, even when we live in relatively stable circumstances, the darkness of anxiety – born of fear – creeps steadily into our waking, and even sleeping, moments.  It’s the stuff of which nightmares are made.

But God has the answer.  God always has had the answer.

“In every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

And eventually – peace can come.

There are times when it can only come when we are assisted along the way in finding it.  And, sadly, some never do seem to find the inner peace and wholeness that they need – at least not this side of heaven.

But I still believe the Scripture – and the promise – to be trustworthy.

So dare to believe it.  Dare to live with it at the center of your lives.

Pray, ask, seek, trust – and as much as you can – give over your anxiety to God.  And soon, by God’s grace, I pray peace will come.

Prayer: Lord, I lift up to you all those who are hurting, wherever they are, for whatever reason.  Lord, have mercy.

And may your peace come.  AMEN.

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