On my way to work this morning, I heard an interesting statistic; 92% of the things we worry about never materialize. The statistic came from a radio program by Dr. David Jeremiah who is currently doing a study on the book of Philippians.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:6-7
According to Dr. Jeremiah, when we pray we must be prepared to wantthe answer we receive and not pray with the mindset that God will alwaysgive us what we want.
I find this image to be a picture of contentment, which is probably why I love it. It has great elements: friends, a favorite pet, a favorite hot beverage all in a relaxing setting. Wouldn’t it be great if life was served up to us like this on a daily basis?
I find it hard to be content when I’m always on the go, busy with this and that, or striving for material things that never seem to completely satisfy. Apostle Paul’s addresses the subject of contentment in his letter to the Philippians.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. Philippians 4:12
According to Pastor Matt Chandler, contentment is something we must learn. It does not come naturally. We can learn contentment from staying connected to the source of truth (scripture), by remembering God’s past provision, and by being grateful for things we already have.
Contentment isn’t a path to complacency, rather, it involves actively striving to be a f.r.o.g (someone who Fully Relies On God).
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 CSB
If you are like me, there are incidents in my life where worry rules the day. Philippians 4:6 says, “don’t worry about anything.” Count me among those who wonder, how is that possible?
For starters, I need to remind myself that God is sovereign, He reigns over everything. He never gets distracted. There is never an incident in my day when God is not present. Those who believe these things handle anxiety by praying. In my conversation with God, I pour out my heart (help me, please!). While I’m talking to Him, I also must remember to thank Him for all he has done, for listening to me presently, and for what he is about to do. God’s answer to my prayer might not be how I envisioned it, but I need to remember to thank him regardless of the outcome.
It is through prayer and thanksgiving that, “the peace of God, which passes all understanding can be found.” This peace (that I cannot explain) guards my heart (faith in God) and my (worrisome) mind.
If you are like me, there is nothing better than a cup of coffee to start your day. It brings me great joy. Can a person experience the same feeling of joy the rest of the day; even on a bad one?
Anyone who has run in religious circles for any length of time has probably heard this verse:
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” Philippians 4:4
An online dictionary defines rejoice as: feeling or displaying great joy or delight. Feeling great joy is easy when I am happy. But happiness and joy are two different things. Happiness is greatly dependent on my personal circumstances, whereas joy is not. I’ve learned I have the capacity to experience joy no matter what befalls me. Examples include: being content with what I have, or finding peace in the middle of a stormy crisis. The source of my joy comes from the spiritual realm, in the person of Jesus. I know the Lord of the universe is with me throughout my day. I never have to wonder if he will show up. Even though the day may be painful, He is there with me.