Due to the recent economic downturn, the university my brother-in-law attends will no longer provide any paid academic teaching or research opportunities for students who have been in the program for more than 5 years. This change has affected him big-time. He was set to graduate with his doctorate degree next year. But now new plans have to be made.

My sister referenced Romans 8:28 as she wrote in an e-mail: "Though these are uncertainties, we have peace in our hearts as we know that God works for the good of those who love Him." It's evident that believers in Jesus can have peace in the midst of uncertainties. But how? In Philippians 4:6, Paul tells the believers in Philippi not to worry about anything but to pray about everything. Why? The heavenly Father loves His children and cares for their needs (Matthew 6:25-34). We can bring all our concerns to Him with an attitude of thankfulness, trusting Him to meet our needs.

To say the peace of God surpasses all understanding reveals that we can't explain it, but we can experience it as He guards our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:7). The word guard means to set up a sentinel or "to watch over." God not only guards our hearts from anxiety, He also guards our minds from spiraling downward.

In verses 8 and 9, Paul gives us 10 things to focus on and do that replace worry. We are told to "fix our thoughts" on them, and to "keep putting [them] into practice."

Our peace comes from being confident that God is in control. He alone provides the peace that settles our nerves, fills our minds with hope, and allows us to relax even in the midst of changes and challenges. , Poh Fang Chia, Our Daily Journey CLICK HERE to visit OurDailyJourney.org