And yet that is what we have been told, yes commanded even. “Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).
Notice that nowhere in those verses does it say that everything will turn out okay. That no one will get sick. That your money will be safe or that lives won’t be lost. Though we want everyone to be healthy, out of danger, and financially secure, that isn’t what these verses promise. They promise peace. Peace through the difficulties. Why? Because ultimately God is in control.
Though we live in a fallen world filled with disease, death, disappointment, and downturns, nothing happens without God’s knowledge, and yes, permission. Does He cause it?––No. But as Psalm 24:1 says, “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”.
Job 12:10 adds, “In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.”
But this does not mean that we should throw up our hands and do nothing. We should always take precautions to minimize the risks that are within our control. But fear should never prevail. Because as I John 4:18 tells us, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear.” And God’s love is perfect for He loves us intimately and formed each of us so specially.
Luke 12:7––“Why, even the hairs of your head are numbered.”
Jeremiah 1:5––“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
But ultimately it is God who determines our future and the number of days we have on this earth: Job 14:5 reminds us that “A person's days are determined; you [God] have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.”
So remember that God’s perfect love for us translates to perfect peace. Isaiah 26:3––“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts you.
Be prudent. Trust God. Experience peace.