Dr. Dan Hayden •
Frank Sinatra sang, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” So what happened? Did he have a heart transplant? No, by “heart” he meant his feelings and desires. He was emotionally attached to the town. Your “heart” – we’re going to consider that today.
God’s Word tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 that if you take your anxieties and give them to God in prayer, the result will be “…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” That is a terrific offer God is making to guard your heart with His peace.
The word heart in the original text of Scripture is the Greek word kardia, which is where we get our English word cardiac–pertaining to the heart. Now this word can be used in two ways: First, the actual organ in your chest – your heart. Second, the seat of emotions – your feelings and desires. The young man says, “Honey, I love you with all of my heart.” All of his feelings and emotions are directed towards her. We use the heart to express our inner emotions. On Valentine’s Day, everything will be filled with hearts.
So, what is God saying about this in Philippians 4:7 “…the peace of God will keep your hearts?” Well, anxiety (or worry) is an emotional reaction to the troubles of life. We feel a sense of foreboding. We feel agitated and unsettled. We are emotionally distraught and stressed out. Therefore, God is saying that whenever we take what is bothering us and give it to Him in prayer, trusting Him to meet our need, then His peace will keep us calm and emotionally stable. We feel a sense of hope and well-being. His peace will guard our heart!
Don’t miss out on the best heart medicine in the world! Let the peace of God control your heart.