“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
Stress. Anxiety. Two words that are constantly labeled with our current culture and especially to teens. With school starting back, I’m sure some of you have felt those two nasty words creeping into your mind, and I’m here to tell you that God didn’t create you to shoulder the burdens you face and doesn’t intend for you to carry stress and anxiety.
Our heavenly Father has given you and me an escape hatch to the stress we feel; prayer. It’s that simple. And I think because it is that simple, I know I have struggled with accepting this promise and gift from God. We know God loves us. We, in turn, show our love for Him by placing our trust in Him to know what’s best for us. When we prayerfully submit our concerns to Him, He guards our hearts and minds against the fears and anxieties we feel from what lies ahead. It doesn’t take away the reality of what we need to deal with, but instead gives us the peace and confidence to face the reality head-on and work through it, because we have placed our trust in the Lord and believe He is going to work through them for our good (Romans 8:28).
Think about it. With any problem or challenge you’ve ever faced, is there an instance where stress or anxiety helped you solve the problem? I sure haven’t. In fact, just the opposite. I’ve allowed fear and anxiety to paralyze me from moving forward. As Christians, our faith through what Christ did for us on the cross, should give us the confidence to power through and be at peace, as the verse says, “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding…” I can testify to this peace! When I finally let go and let God have control, I found that peace and you will too.