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Learning to Trust and Not Worry | A Reflection on Philippians 4 6 | Get, Do, Be Better

by Daniel Hanson II 24 Jan 2024 0 Comments

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Have you ever felt anxious about something? Maybe it's a project at work, financial issues, or a health concern for you or a loved one. As humans, worry seems to come naturally to us. We find ourselves caught up in our own fears and doubts, and it can be difficult to trust that things will work out in the end. However, as Christians, we have been given a different way to approach life's challenges. In Philippians 4:6, we are definitely encouraged to "not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." This verse reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles, and that we have a loving God who cares deeply about us. In this blog post, we'll explore the meaning behind this powerful passage and how we can learn to trust and not worry over anxious others in our own lives.

First, let's take a closer look at the verse itself. Philippians 4:6 is written, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." This verse is a reminder that, as Christians, we should not give in to worry or fear. Instead, we should bring our concerns to God in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let him. But notice that the verse doesn't just say to pray in any old way. We are told to pray with thanksgiving, too. This means that we should approach God with a spirit of gratitude and thankfulness, even when we are facing challenges. By doing so, we can shift our focus from our problems to the goodness of God, and find peace in the midst of difficult circumstances.

Importance with Christ Jesus

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So why is it important to trust and not to worry about in anything but in everything else? For one, worrying accomplishes nothing. In fact, it often only makes things worse. When we worry, we are essentially telling God that we don't trust Him to handle the situation. By choosing to trust instead of worry about anything else, we are surrendering our fears and doubts to God and acknowledging His sovereignty over our lives. As Christians, we know that God is in control and He works all things together for our good (Romans 8:28). By trusting in Him, we can find peace and rest in understanding His promises.

As we delve deeper into our bible study, particularly the King James version of the New Testament, we encounter numerous examples where Jesus Christ himself exemplified the pillars of prayer and supplication. He showed us signs of human vulnerability when He cried out to His Father in the Garden of Gethsemane, demonstrating that it is okay to pour out our fears and concerns to God. On the other hand, Jesus repeatedly praised God, expressing sincere gratitude for His blessings and for His will. This balanced approach to prayer that incorporates both our fears and our gratitude is what we are encouraged to strive for. The essence of prayer is not about presenting a facade of strength, but about being real with God, acknowledging our weaknesses and lifting up a song of praise for His unfailing love and grace.

Having cross references for this verse with other scriptures, we see a recurring theme of earnest pleading, thankfulness, and rejoicing in the face of adversity. The Greek term for "careful" in Philippians 4:6 translates to "be anxious", indicating not just casual concern about things of this world, but a deep-rooted worry. The church, as the body of Christ, is called to replace this worry with prayer and thanksgiving. In doing so, we seek permission to surrender our burdens, acknowledging the Lord's unwavering ability to guard our hearts and minds in Jesus. Our personal rejoicing becomes a testimony of God's faithfulness, radiating hope to others within our Christian community.

Another reason to trust and not worry is that it strengthens our faith. When we choose to trust God, even when things seem uncertain or difficult, our faith grows. We learn to rely on Him and not ourselves, which deepens our relationship with Him. It also gives us the opportunity to see God's faithfulness in action. As we look back on past challenges that we have trusted God with, we can see how He has worked things out for our good and His glory.

How to Trust Instead of Worry

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So how do we learn to trust and not worry about anything? It's easier said than done, but here are some practical steps we can take:

  1. Bring our concerns to God in prayer, with a thankful heart.

  2. Meditate on God's promises in His Word. Remember that He is faithful and trustworthy.

  3. Surround ourselves with other believers who can encourage us and pray for us.

  4. Focus on the present moment and trust that God will take care of the future.

  5. Continually surrender our worries to God and choose to trust Him instead.

Another important aspect of this verse is the phrase "let your requests be made known to God." This means that we can be honest with God about what we are going through. We don't have to sugarcoat our struggles or pretend that everything is fine. In fact everything by prayer alone, God invites us to bring our whole selves to Him – our doubts, fears, and uncertainties included. When we do this, we open ourselves up to receive God's comfort, guidance, and help.

Turn to the Holy Bible, not worldly things

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But what about when we feel like our prayers aren't being answered? It's natural to feel frustrated or disappointed when we don't see immediate results. However, we need to remember that God works in mysterious ways. Sometimes the answer to our prayer isn't what we were expecting, but it's always for our ultimate good. As Paul writes in Romans 8:28, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Trusting in God's goodness and provision can help us let go of our worry and anxiety, and find peace in the midst of uncertainty.

As we navigate the ups and downs of life, let's remember to turn to God in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let out, with a heart and soul full of gratitude. Let's choose to trust Him instead of worrying, knowing that He is always with us and working for our good. May we find comfort and strength in His Word, and may our faith continue to grow as we learn to trust more deeply in Him. Remember, "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).

So let us hold fast to these words of truth and allow them to guide us in our daily walk with Christ. May we always remember the importance of trusting instead of worrying and may we continue to grow in our faith as we lean on God's promises. Let us be a shining example to others, showing them the peace and joy that comes from trusting in God wholeheartedly. And may this verse serve as a constant reminder for us to always approach God with a spirit of thanksgiving, knowing that He is always with us and working for our good.

Let's continue to trust in Him and experience the abundant life He has promised us. Amen. #trustGodalways #peaceinChrist #faithfulFather. Remember so, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." (Philippians 4:6). This powerful verse reminds us that we are not alone in our struggles and that our loving God is always near, ready to hear our prayers and provide for our needs.

But What Does That Look Like

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So, what does it look like to put Philippians 4:6 into practice? It starts with a shift in mindset. Instead of focusing on our own worldly cares, we need to turn our attention to God and His provision. We can do this through prayer and supplication, as the verse commands. But it's not just about saying the right words – it's about cultivating a heart that is open to God's presence and guidance. As we learn to trust in God's goodness and provision, we can find peace in even the most difficult circumstances.

In conclusion, Philippians 4:6 is a powerful reminder to Christians to trust in God's provision and not give in to worry and anxiety. By bringing our concerns to God in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, we can shift our focus from our problems to God's goodness. This doesn't mean that we will never face difficulties or challenges in life. But it does mean that we can find peace and comfort in the midst of them, knowing everything by prayer and supplication, that God is always with us. So the next time you find yourself feeling anxious about something, remember the words of Philippians 4:6 and take comfort in the knowledge everything by prayer, that your requests have been made known unto God.

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