“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

Essentials for Christian Happiness

(Please read Philippians 4:6-7)

April 29

Can we really be happy when our minds are filled with worry? When Jesus was nearing his execution he told his disciples not to have troubled hearts, for he was leaving them the legacy of peace (see John 14:1 and 27). Just as in our text, anxiety and peace were contrasted in his words of reassurance. He reminded them of heaven, that he was the only way to heaven, and that he would not leave them without sending a Helper to teach and help them with their work.

Earlier Jesus had taught the multitude, in the Sermon on the Mount, to seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and the basic necessities would be provided for them. And in Matthew 6:34 he summed up this part of the sermon by saying, “Therefore do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

With this kind of assurance, it is clear that Christians don’t have to worry, fret and borrow trouble. And our text tells us how to place ourselves in the hands of the Lord and depend on him to provide a haven from and even solutions for life’s problems: “In everything . . . with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

But doesn’t God already know what we need? Yes, he does, but they don’t become our requests until we present them before him. Why not present your requests to him now? That will surely make this a better day for you.

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