Peace - Louise Sililo

4th June 2020

“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.” 

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

A few years ago I discovered I had anxiety. I experienced a stressful time at work and felt like I couldn’t keep up. I bottled everything in while trying to remain as strong and calm as possible. It wasn’t long until I couldn’t keep it in any longer and I experienced a panic attack at work where my hands became numb and I threw up from the shock of it all. I was extremely embarrassed. Philippians 4:6-7 helped me get through that time. It’s so easy to get caught up in things that make us anxious, especially with various uncertainties caused by the Coronavirus. When we take our focus off God and onto what is happening around us, our circumstances can seem bigger than God.  Instead of being held down by anxious thoughts, God can give you an unexplainable peace and joy.  Through prayer and thanksgiving, God promises His peace as the remedy for anxiety. This peace is promised whether or not your requests are granted. When I discovered this truth, it completely changed my perspective as I realised that I can have God’s peace even if my circumstances don’t change.  Not only does God promise His peace as the remedy for anxiety, but He takes it a step further by promising that His peace will guard your heart and mind in Jesus. The word ‘guard’ in this verse is a military term used which pictures soldiers keeping guard over a city to protect it from its enemy’s attack. The imagery that Paul is portraying to the Philippians is a solider guarding over their hearts and minds, protecting them against all attacks.  Just like God’s peace was with the Philippians, God’s peace is also with us today. When we face anxious thoughts and feelings, God sends His peace to guard over our hearts and keep our minds from every anxious thought. His peace surpasses all of our human understanding and enables us to trust in God, knowing that everything will work out because He is with us.

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