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Wisdom From Above

Nisha Jereesh
St. Thomas MTC, NY
6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Today’s key verse reminds us to not be anxious about anything. It not only warns us against being anxious but also offers us a simple solution: to present every request to God.

Obedience to the command results in an outpouring of peace that surpasses our understanding.

Being anxious about things drifts our focus to unimportant things. It drains us mentally, emotionally (Prov 12:25) and steals from us our much valuable time. Mathew 6:25-34 tells us that when we worry, we demonstrate little faith. It reminds us of how much more valuable we are than the birds of the air and flowers of the field that our Heavenly Father caters to and instead calls our attention to what God considers a priority in our life: to seek His Kingdom and righteousness. Seeking a relationship with our God and pursuing His will in our life should come first in the life of a Christian.

Aren't we glad that the Bible also offers us solutions to the problems of our lives. We are commanded to present every request to God by prayer and petition with thanksgiving. When we sit in our Lord's presence with gratitude, we are reminded of what He has done for us on the Cross. Despite our unworthiness, He has clothed us with salvation and called us to be His very own.

What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear! What a privilege to carry, Everything to God in prayer! (Hymn by Joseph M. Scriven). This alone is the reason we are asked to rejoice in the Lord always (v.4) The act of taking our worries to the Lord in prayer demonstrates our trust in the Lord and him alone! It also brings to our memory how he has delivered us in our past and how the trials of our lives have all come together to strengthen the relationship we have with our Lord. 

Once we have presented our request to the Lord, we realize that the burden has been lifted off our hearts and we are filled instead with peace. It is a peace that is beyond human understanding that the world nor those near to us could offer. We are able to display calmness and gentleness. We are freed to pursue things that matter (v.8). 

Imagine the feeling of being guaranteed of a job because you are the close friend to the CEO of a company. How much more should our confidence be in knowing that we belong to the Maker of the Universe and the Sustainer of all things. What is our response to this great love He has given us. Does he deserve our trust? Has He done enough for us to put our complete faith in Him alone? How many promises has He given us through the Word (Psalm 23:4, Psalm 55:22, Psalm 91:14-16, Prov 3:5-6, Matt 11:28-30, John 14:27, Rom 8:37-38, 2 Timothy 1:7, 1Pet 5:7).

Our theme is appropriately titled "Wisdom from above". The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all who follow his precepts have good understanding (Psalm 111:10). Let us be earnest in obeying the command to not be anxious and to bring our requests to God in every situation!


Lord help us to always remember your unfailing love and faithfulness to us despite our lack of faith and trust in you. We surrender ourselves to you once again. We bring before you our every need. May your will be done and your name be glorified in and through our lives.

“Being anxious demonstrates our lack of trust in God”

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