In computer lingo, the default setting is the setting automatically given to a software application, program or device. It is a kind of preset that one can always return to when faced with a sticky problem. The term has morphed into another meaning that makes me smile. Default setting can refer to a habitual behavior or attitude. In an unguarded moment or when the pressure is off, we return to that preset that is more comfortable and familiar.
Today’s verse addresses the problem of worry, which for me tends to be my default setting! Worry just seems to come naturally as a first response. Sometimes my worries do not even have a basis in reality but arise from my imagination! But Paul, who had plenty to worry about as a prisoner, gives us the solution. Paul could experience God’s peace even when in chains. He presented his worrisome thoughts to the Lord in prayer.
Worrying changes nothing, but praying can. Prayer disposes my heart to trust Christ. He already knows what worries are running through my head. But He asks me to name those worries in the form of petitions. What freedom can be mine when I give it all to Him! He replaces that worry with His peace that guards my heart and mind. Instead of being consumed with worry, I can get some distance from that problem. And in faith I can thank Him in advance for His answers. My mind and heart can be at rest, knowing I can trust His hand to work.
Lord, keep me from that default setting of worry. Help me turn every anxious thought into heartfelt prayer.