Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
“Be careful for nothing” is a strong command for us to not be anxious or troubled for any reason. This can be difficult while in the midst of one of life’s many problems.
Be Careful For Nothing
Adam Clarke, the 18th Century British theologian puts it this way. “Be not anxiously solicitous; do not give place to carking care, let what will occur; for anxiety cannot chance the state or condition of any thing from bad to good, but will infallibly injure your own souls.”
Clarke wonderfully states that distress and worry never improved a situation from bad to good but rather accomplished the inevitable task of injuring our soul. Worry solves nothing but rather makes the problem worse.
But Clarke does add another element of, “let what will occur”. To put this in context he’s saying, “Let go and let God”. Again, this can be extremely difficult when in the midst of a pressing problem. But this is what faith is all about. No matter what the situation, we faithfully rely on God and faithfully give the problem over to Him. Problems have a purpose. And sometimes the purpose of the problem is to either test our faith through trials and tribulations or to reveal to us where our faith needs improving upon.
God and Peace
Our faith is also needed for the solution as well. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding…” God’s peace goes beyond what we can comprehend. So the solution to our problem, which we cannot understand and which as Colossians 3:15 says, “let the peace of God rule in your hearts” is to rule over us as well. Man tends to rebel against things he doesn’t understand or things that want to have rule over him. But this we must do to allow the peace of God into our lives. This we must do to allow God into our lives.
We must submit to God, draw close to him and humble ourselves.
“Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee” (Job 22:21).
Let’s take a moment here to kind of wrap our heads around what we are talking about. Notice that the Apostle Paul does not say, “Peace from God” which is how he begins most of his epistles. No, Paul is speaking in much stronger terms. Paul says the, “Peace of God”. When we realize that the very peace of God will guard, protect and preserve our hearts and mind, our very spirit and soul. That the peace of God will stop the devil dead in his tracks and leave our very being free and clear of the “wiles of the devil”.
When we realize that all of this only happens through Jesus Christ our Saviour-Then and only then can we grasp that all of it is just too big for us. There is no way we can academically or intellectually comprehend the magnitude of it all. But what we can do is accept in faith. We inherently know, our spirit is absorbed and immersed in tranquility. This is how the Apostle Paul could proclaim later on in Chapter 4 of Philippians that, “in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
Accept God in faith so you can receive his peace