It seems like every few months or so a new word or “catch phrase” comes along. Recently you have probably heard (and seen on t-shirts) the phrase, “Keep calm.”
Calmness is the opposite of anxiousness. Anxiousness often manifests itself in things like: anger, irritability, worry and in many other unprofitable and sometimes sinful attitudes and actions.
What does it mean to keep calm? It means to keep one’s head and to possess tranquility even when life is not so easy. The Bible says, “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone” (Phil. 4:5).
Understanding what it means to be calm is one thing, but actually keeping calm is certainly another matter. Fortunately, the Bible gives inspired counsel to help us.
In the very midst of Paul telling us to be “reasonable” and not to be anxious about anything (Phil. 2:5-6) he states: “The Lord is at hand… but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil. 2:6). In other words, instead of being anxious, pray to God who is near!
When we find ourselves increasing in anxiety, let us quickly turn to our God. God has never promised us that we are able to bear the loads of life unaided, yet sometimes we try. However, through Him we have the power to endure difficulties and do so in a way that brings Him glory. Peter says, “Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you” (1 Pt. 5:7). Keep calm by praying more, “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).