This morning, I woke up at 2 AM…worried. I know God tells us not to worry, but even I worry about things (Kimberly can verify that). Well, after getting this blog up and running, I stopped to pray and ask God to help me get through today. I quickly felt the need to have a short devotion to help me; and so I opened my Bible to a random passage of Scripture.
Guess which “random passage” God showed me….
Philippians 4:4-6 “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
Paul is telling the church (us) to STAY POSITIVE in all things, rejoicing during ALL times…not just when the good times are here, but ALWAYS!
I continually remind my students “when the Bible repeats something, it’s important.” Here, Paul says to Rejoice twice within the same verse. Must be important! Paul also reminds us that the Lord is near – He knows our trouble, He is in charge…we should be content to have the most sovereign ally on our side.
Paul also reminds us to pray “with thanksgiving.” We should thank God because it could be worse, but He has shielded us with His comforting hands. He will not allow us to endure anything that we are not capable of surviving.
As I continued my devotion, I read Phil 4:7 “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I don’t always understand how God will solve our troubles, but He does. Jesus reinforced this message during the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 6:25-34), reminding us that we are more valuable than the birds of the air, and yet God provides for them, why wouldn’t He provide even more so for us?
There we have it, if we obey God’s Word and rejoice in Him, pray for our needs, and trust Him, He will give us what we really need. I will not question God, but instead rely on His precious and loving care to carry me through.
Have a good day everyone!