Philippians 4:4-5 —– Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.
It is sometimes a disconcerting truth for many of us that even though we belong to God through faith in Christ; we still seem to experience the same problems that plagued us before we were saved. We often become discouraged and bogged down in life’s cares. But we must remember that the Lord is our Shepherd – if we are willing to surrender our lives to God. But if we do not follow God’s instructions, we become the shepherd of our own life and inevitably what follows is offence, chaos and bitterness.
When Joseph was sold as a slave, he kept his peace.(Genesis38:28). From a life of privilege, destined to be the head of the next generation of a rich father, he is cast down to a future of abject servitude. Once sold as a slave, he is destined to die a slave. Despite this, Joseph is at peace in the middle of this terrible situation. Externally he sees the mess but according to God’s promises he is to be a great man. So he chooses to believe God over his circumstances. Everybody has a choice. What do we choose?
Philippians 4:6 —– Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
God is bigger than all our worries and problems put together, and we must realize that if we are to have any victory in our lives. St. Paul instructs us not to be anxious and worried and not to meditate on the negative situations in our life. Negative situations happen all the time. We can’t avoid them, so how can we counteract their negative effect on our lives and our attitudes? By presenting them all to our Shepherd in prayer! And trusting Him to see us through.
When we pray, we do so with a thankful heart believing God is far greater than the situation we are going through. We must always be thankful for all we have in this life – for all the things God has done in our life and that which He continues to do.
We have a covenant with the Almighty Living God. This covenant was put into place for us, but it is not dependant on anything we do or don’t do, or have done, or not done. Jesus did it all – for me. He became everything that I was, so that I could partake of everything that belonged to Him and His Father.
God does not look at us and think we are too unworthy for Him to help and reward. God sees us through the blood of Jesus – PERFECT!
Worry does not bring change, prayer does!