Philippians 4

4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.

5 Let your moderation (gentleness) be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
6 Be anxious about nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4-7 (KJV & NKJV)

We know verse four pretty well, as well as verse six. How often do we follow their injunctions, though? I've been pretty anxious about things recently... I haven't spent enough time letting my requests, desires, and concerns be made known to God, and I certainly haven't been rejoicing in all this. Paul and Silas sang while they were in prison - how were they able to do this? Because they knew that they were being held in God's hands and no matter what trials they endured it would all be to His glory and for their ultimate good. I don't think God would have opened the gates of the prison with an earthquake if Paul and Silas had been quaking in fear, and not trusting in God.

Also, I am to be known for my gentleness (v. 5), rather than for harshness or callousness. I can do this because the Lord is always at hand, and he will change my heart if I but ask.

I need to spend less time worrying, and more time praying and giving thanks to God for His blessings and His care for me. Only then will God work mightily in my behalf. He can't answer the prayer never prayed.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep my heart and mind through Christ Jesus.


gqsnaps said...

very wise thoughts
let Him give you His peace.

Christy Joy said...

Jonathan! I love your countdown! Barry and I had a similar one when he was in Kyrgyzstan! :D :D You're on the home stretch now!!!

Elissa said...

Thank you for writing about this! I was impacted, too.. the "simple" Scriptures is when it hits home the best.

and I agree with Christy - nice countdown. :)

Ali said...

And I agree with Christy and Elissa (although maybe the countdown should be for when I land in Boston?). Good Scripture thoughts. I love knowing God takes our worries and gives us peace instead if we let Him.

Johonn said...

Hmm yeah I think I will put it for when you land in Boston, as soon as I know when that is! :)

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