Throughout the Bible we are told what we need to do in order to get good stuff from our Heavenly Father. These verses in Philippians are a perfect example of it – we’re told if we lay aside the temptation to worry and fret and pray instead, being completely honest with our Heavenly Father, through His Son, Christ Jesus – being careful to be THANKFUL for our lives and our blessings as we present our requests to God – then, and only THEN will God respond with what??? He will in turn give to us HIS sweet peace, which the world does not understand – a peace that will guard our hearts and minds in Christ.
Is this bargaining? No – it’s not. This is obedience as we exercise faith and trust in our Father in Heaven. When we delve into God’s Word and realize we have a choice to stress out, freak out, go nuts – OR hand our situations over to God (being careful not to take them back)… it’s so freeing and I’m convinced it improves physical health in the process! When God’s peace is added to our lives – what a difference it makes!
Our problems and struggles do not have to consume our mind. Even though God knows what we’re facing even before we talk with Him about it, He still wants us to bring them to Him in prayer. If you’re a parent and you know your child is hurting, it’s not enough to just know your child is hurting, is it? You want your child to come and talk with you. God’s our Heavenly Father and it’s the same principle. Remember, He made human beings so He’d have companionship – friendship – relationship. It’s only right that we let Him know what’s up in our lives.
Give Him your issues and in return He will give you His peace and He’ll work things out for you. I’m always amazed at HOW He works things out. No matter how many times I try to guess how He will work – I’m never right. God is so much more creative than I am! He’s so good to me – much gooder than I deserve, to be sure! God is not a disappointment. That’s not just an old hymn… it’s the truth! 🙂