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

Psalm 5:3

The Guarded Heart 

(Please read Philippians 4:6-7)

October 21

Not long ago a young mother was talking about how hard it has been for her to adjust to having the responsibility for an infant. She indicated that her normal routine had been turned topsy-turvy and she had to learn again how to handle the many chores needing her attention. Maybe you’ve had somewhat similar feelings on a new job or in other situations.

Often anxieties such as these can be overcome with time and experience. But wouldn’t it be dreadful to face conflict, anxiety and doubt continually regarding the daily decisions to be made in life?

Some people are in that position, you know. Never content with their daily decisions, feeling personally threatened, worried about what might happen next. Their hearts are unguarded, and unguarded hearts are dangerous and vulnerable. Their minds change with their sudden whims.

If your life suffers in this way, don’t give up! All is not lost. God understands and loves you, and offers a way to shed your anxieties, described beautifully in our text: “In everything . . . present your requests to God, and the peace of God . . . will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (NIV).

A person whose heart is thus guarded will be able to shift his or her focus from self to others, seeing their needs and opportunities to help them. The peace of God provides insulation to help deflect the outside threats to consistent Christian service. We hope this brief introduction leads you to thoughtful and productive meditation on the peace of God which is within reach of all of us.

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