Be Near

I love that Meg kept us in Philippians 4 yesterday, because it has been on my heart this week.  There are many chapters within the Bible that I love, but Philippians 4 is one of my favorites.  It’s full of challenges, encouragement, and promises.  It paints such a beautiful picture of Joy, Peace, Contentment, Strength, and Fulfillmentall great things!

On Tuesday, my mom talked a lot about Philippians 4:6-7, which is a passage I have come to know and love dearly:

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

Equally important, is something Lysa Terkeurst brought this to my attention when I heard her speak a few years ago.  We can’t forget the sentence in verse 5 that leads us into 6: 

“The Lord is near.” 

The Lord is near, therefore we don’t need to be worry.  
The Lord is near, therefore we can pray about everything.
The Lord is near, therefore His all-encompassing peace will guard our hearts and minds.  

The Lord is near.  

“The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.  He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. The LORD watches over all who love him.” 
Psalm 145:18-20