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“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything” (Philippians 4:5b – 6a)
The world financial situation bounces like a rubber ball again. It’s fragile and unpredictable. The early morning news today tells us the financial markets continue to tumble. Financial leaders are meeting to try to figure out how to avert panic.
I clicked from the news to my devotional email and read the Bible verse Mike Woodward highlighted for today.
“Above all else guard your heart for it is the wellspring of life.”
It was the perfect verse to counter the unease of the morning news. I thought about it for a few moments.
“above all else” I sometimes ask the Lord for my “marching orders for the day” and here it was – my priority today was to keep a guard at my heart. To do that, I needed to faithfully guard what I allowed to come into my thoughts and settle into my heart.
“it is the wellspring of life”. What I allowed to settle into my heart would overflow into my day, my relationships, my actions, and my reactions.
It’s a tall order when anxiety of any kind surfaces threatening to consume us and devour us. Just as I pondered the “how” of this wise verse another verse filtered through my thoughts and I quickly Googled it to find the reference. Listen to the amazing flow of God’s wisdom to us:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again. Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which passes all understand, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Wow! Here was the answer to the “how?” of guarding my wellspring of life, my heart. God will actually send His peace to do it for me if I simply choose my responses today.
Result: His peace, which is beyond understanding, will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus.
Pretty amazing really when you pause to ponder it.
God’s peace itself guards our hearts AND our minds…. thorough Jesus Christ and we REST even in the midst of unsettling times!
Please help me today to choose to guard my heart through these four steps and to experience Your amazing and in-explainable peace settling over my heart and mind by the power of Jesus. Thank you for Your wonderful provision when I turn my eyes to You. In the strong name of Jesus I pray, amen.
Question: How will you rejoice, remember, respond and retain today?