“Don’t fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Philippians 4:6
This verse starts out with “don’t fret”. The definition of that is “to cause to be uneasy; vex, to gnaw or wear away; erode, to produce a hole or worn spot in; corrode.” Wow! When you look at it that way that sounds pretty serious. I know there is another meaning for fret and that is the neck of a guitar. Well when I fret, though I say I don’t want to, it seems I sing a little song to myself repeating the chorus over and over. What if this, or what if that, or why not this, or could be that. I try to look at all the angles of a perceived problem or circumstance to figure it out. That’s where the gnawing and wearing away leads to. What comes after that is the eroding, producing a hole and corroding. By doing all that fretting and being anxious I have blown a hole in my faith.
The solution is in the rest of the verse “in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” The most important part of that is “with thanksgiving”. I noticed that when Jesus prayed, He always thanked God before he ever said anything else.
Jesus is our Guide for life, if we will only follow His example.
And if you want a tranquil state check out verse 7, that’s where I want to be.