I am told that 85% of what we worry about never happens.
Paul is writing a series of exhortations to the Christians in Philippi in his closing comments of the letter. In chapter four verse four he has encouraged them to ‘rejoice in the Lord alway’. This is something we all need to be reminded about from time to time. When things get on top of us we often forget to see the blessings that we have and to rejoice in what God has done. I am sure we all know people who can see the goodness of God in everything. We should all cultivate this way of thinking.
Next, Paul encourages them to be gentle and mild in their behaviour. Someone has said that this statement could be translated "your sweet reasonableness". To emphasis how important it is to live in this way Paul states that the ‘Lord is at hand’. It could be that this means that the Lord is near or that the Lord’s coming is near, as it is used in other passages; both are true and will affect how we live.
Following on from this Paul warns about being anxious and not trusting the Lord. It is so easy to forget that the One who upholds the universe (Col.1.17) is the same One who cares for us (1.Pet.5.7). There should not really be any issues that we are not prepared to bring before the Lord and to leave in his hands.
We should be specific about our problems when we talk to the Lord as he is interested in every issue that confronts us. These prayers may be one second shots, like Nehemiah (Neh.2.4-5) or they may be more detailed accounts of the issues that we face in life. Is this the way we pray?
We will know the peace of God despite not knowing the answers. This will protect our hearts and minds.
Five hundred years ago, Michel de Montaigne said: My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened. Easy to say, very hard to do! Most of us agree wholeheartedly that we should ‘take our burdens to the Lord’ when we are in a state of relative calm but we often feel that we fail bitterly when the pressure is on and we are at our wits end.
If you have enjoyed reading this post why not read 'One person who cares for you'. It is wonderful to know the love of God in your life and to feel His strength in all the dilemmas of life.
Thanks for reading this today,