3rd August 2019

Nothing!

“Be anxious for NOTHING, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)

How often have we read the scripture above but not really thought about it? The two key words are NOTHING and PEACE. The first part tells us be anxious for NOTHING. But why? Simply because we cast all our cares upon him, as we are told to do in 1 Peter 5.7, and in the scripture above. Once we have done that, it is in God’s hands and we can then have the PEACE of God.

But what is the PEACE of God? It is not the immediate resolution of whatever problem has bought us to our knees in the first place. Now, if you have spent ten years living without a budget, spending more than you earn, then prayer is not going to provide you with an overnight lottery win to pay off your debts! If you have spent years addicted to alcohol or drugs, those cravings are not going to disappear overnight! If your family relationships are a disaster, they will not magically become good overnight! But if we diligently and faithfully place our personal problems in Gods hands, with prayer, supplication and thanksgiving, the PEACE comes because God changes our attitude and approach to the problem. Remember the old saying, “If you would change the world, begin first with yourself!”

As a Christian facing up to our problems, whatever they are, taking them to God is the first step. The PEACE comes from knowing that we are no longer fighting the battles on our own. While there may be a situation in which God does provide an immediate answer, usually we have to struggle with the problem for some time to overcome it. The PEACE comes because we know we have the strength to be an overcomer.

In a world in which the media seems obsessed with how difficult life is, how we lack confidence, self-worth, face negative emotions at every turn, don’t we need PEACE? But for Christians, taking our problems to God helps so we need be anxious for NOTHING and we can then enjoy His PEACE, which surpasses all understanding. This is the first step we need to take. Try it, you may be pleasantly surprised!

Prayer
Loving God, in a negative, stressful world, help us to be positive lights most of the time, knowing that we can place our entire life and future in your hands with complete confidence. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Keith Hartrick
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Keith Hartrick is an Elder in Grace Communion Church – Leeds, and serves on the Church Council there.

Local Congregation:
Grace Communion – Leeds
Garden Village Welfare Association Community Centre
Pendas Way
LEEDS
LS15 8LE

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2PM

Local Congregational Contact:
Malcolm Arnold
Phone: 01484-312347
Email: malcolm701@googlemail.com

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