He is Trustworthy – Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6-7

A question was asked this morning in the book I’ve been going through for personal Bible study: “Why does giving your concerns over to God give you peace?”

The response came into my mind quickly and clearly. It’s because He is trustworthy.

At this, my heart stirred. Our God is trustworthy. That is why we can experience peace. Because we can trust Him. And when we know that, when we trust Him – that is how we experience His peace.

Our God knows we will feel anxious at times. That’s why He tells us not to allow those thoughts and fears to remain. It’s why He seeks to convey that we don’t need to be anxious. Look at how Jesus communicated this in Matthew 6:25-33. He didn’t just say, “Don’t be anxious” and leave it at that. He took the time to highlight the Lord’s intentional care over birds and flowers, then emphasized how much more we will be cared for as the chosen and precious children of God.

Our God cares about those things that concern us. The pieces of life that break our hearts. The disappointments, the unknowns, the confusion. He doesn’t ask us to cover them up or brush them aside. He wants us to bring them fully to Him. “Let your requests be made known to God.” 1 Peter 5:6-7 captures this as well: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.”

He cares for you. He is not unfeeling. He does not lack understanding. The God of heaven hears you. He sees it all. He knows your hurts, questions, and fears before you even speak them, and He draws near to you in that space. Your safety, the One who understands it all and who desires to assure you He is here, hurting with you; He knows what He is doing; and He will be faithful and good to the end. Our God who is light and in whom is no darkness (1 John 1:5).

An aspect of humility is required to fully trust our Lord. Recognition that we can’t see it all but He can – every facet, every detail, affecting not only us but all who will be impacted by His work in our lives. Realization that we don’t understand but He does. Surrendering in faith, in every area of concern, rather than thinking we know better than He does or that we need to figure it out to make sure things work out as they need to.

Jesus didn’t tell us to combat anxiety by figuring it out. He wants us to trust the Father without holding back, to look at His provision in so many ways and realize how greatly He cares for us as His own. He wants us to know the faithfulness of God to look out for us: “Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:31-33).

Jesus doesn’t tell us to figure it out. He tells us to seek the Lord. Because He already has it figured out. We let our requests be made known, by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving. So we give voice to those fears and pour out our hearts before Him, while also giving voice to who we know our God to be and the great things He has done. And in doing so, we give it over to the God who loves us. Our God who is sovereign over all. Our God who is good and faithful and true, to us personally and in all things.

We give it over and we experience peace because we trust Him.

And we can do all of this because He is trustworthy.

Everyone else might let us down, but our God never will. He never will. He will never fail to see you, hear you, or fulfill His every purpose in your life as you surrender to Him.

We don’t know what that will look like. But we know Him. And that changes everything.

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