Philippians 4:4-7

Refreshing the Soul

In the hurry and rush of life to get more things done, our soul often becomes confused and burdened.  What we need is a refreshing time to see God again.

Listening to the old hymns "How Great Thou Art" or "Great is Thy Faithfulness" would do much to slow down the anxious thoughts of another day.  It is along with the pressures of everyday life, being confronted with choices and decisions, and climbing mountains that the soul becomes burdened and worried.

It is the midst of all this that we need the “peace of God” to flood our pressured soul.  The Apostle Paul, in Philippians 4:4-7, gives instructions that will change the wearied soul.

  1. Rejoice in the Lord
  2. Be gentle and kind to everyone
  3. Don’t be overcome with worry
  4. Pray about everything

And the “Peace of God” will keep your heart...

Waiting before God and reflecting on His goodness refreshes the soul.  If we do not allow the work of God in the “inner person,” worry and pressures of life will consume us and lead to sins.

 

Anxiety Causes Loss of Focus

These children in Zambia, Africa are blessed by God’s provision as the African Encounter Team serves a hot meal during the school day. 

Scripture reminds us that God will care for our needs, for He is even concerned about the birds and flowers.  However, it is in this context that one often is overcome by anxiety as the events and circumstances of life become difficult.  Not only are we instructed in scripture that God provides but also that God orchestrates the events of our life. In Romans 8:28, we are reminded that “all things" are overseen by our loving and gracious Lord for our good, His glory, and the blessings of others.  Yet, we often are anxious and lose our focus in the events of life.

We must remember that God is working in our life to bring about changes that will make us “vessels of honor” in His work and bring us great joy. 

Anxiety comes when we take our focus off of God and center in on the events or circumstances.  Rather than being anxious, we should recognize the circumstances that cause our anxiety, anchor our minds in His Word, and ask God to give us faith to believe His Word and ways.

When one’s life focus is not right, distractions draw away from the things of God.