4Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! 5Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.6Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (Phillippians 4:4-7 NLT)
Let’s face it, life can be hard. Just because a person makes Christ the center of their life doesn’t mean things will be easy. In fact, many times things get harder. But many people look at this passage of scripture and think that all they have to do is pray and God will magically remove and problems that they face. While God has the ability to interject His will into our circumstances through His miraculous power, that doesn’t always happen. That is where this scripture becomes so relevant. Paul is speaking less about God’s intervention on our problem and more about our hearts and attitudes while we deal with the issue at hand. He’s dealing with our hearts and minds. He’s reminding us that no matter what the circumstance, we shouldn’t worry. If we believe that God will take care of us, then we can find comfort that we have the ability to ask Him for help and we can be confident that He will answer. It doesn’t say how He will take care of the situation or that the situation will change at all. It may work itself out, God my give us the wisdom and favor the work out the solution, or He may be causing us to make some hard but necessary decisions to ultimately see His desired outcome. In any case, it is through our trust in Him where He can begin to work out the peace that we experience through those difficult times. And the great thing about that peace is that it will strengthen your faith in His faithfulness and it will keep your thoughts focused on God, who ultimately has control of the situation anyway. So if you are going through difficult circumstances prayer isn’t the only thing or the last thing that you can do, it is the first thing you should do because it is the best thing you can do. Seek God for help, thank Him for His goodness and actually listen to what He will say to your heart, you may be surprised at His answer.
- Pastor Mac