June 18, 2021 – Friday
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:6-7 NOG
6 Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.
7 Then God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Yeshua.
In this last chapter of Philippians, verses 4-9 may have a title such as Final Exhortations (NIV) or Always be Joyful (NOG) as an added non-scriptural header to summarize what you are about to read. Some begin as early as verse two with a header.
So what is Paul exhorting the Philippians to do? The NOG header says he is telling them to Always be Joyful and looking at verse four this seems to be correct, Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! NIV or Always be joyful in the Lord! I’ll say it again: Be joyful! NOG.
Question: Have you ever tried to be rejoicing or to be joyful while you were anxious or worrying? If you have, you know it just does not work. You might put on a face that fakes it, but in your heart, you know you are not rejoicing or joyful no matter the occasion. And anyone who really knows you can often look in your eyes and see something is wrong.
If we are to be Rejoicing in the Lord always or to Always be joyful in the Lord, how are we to accomplish that if we are anxious or worrying? Paul provides the answer. We are to in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God NIV or in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks NOG. The key in bringing all of our worries or anxieties to God is to do with thanksgiving or thanks. After all, we do this expecting (hoping) He will indeed take care of our worries and anxieties, we should be thankful, very thankful.
And Paul tells us after bringing it all to Him with thankfulness, we can expect the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus NIV or God’s peace, which goes beyond anything we can imagine, will guard your thoughts and emotions through Christ Yeshua NOG. I don’t care which version you chose, but how wonderful. What a great deal if we will but come to Him.
Paul then follows this with verse eight, a personal favorite of mine, Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things NIV. I love this verse. I don’t know what your worries or anxieties are, but I know the best way in all creation to take care of them. And now you do as well.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, Thank You so much for such wisdom from Your apostle Paul. What wonderful advice to help us through troubled times. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.