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.
Dr. David Jeremiah in his book, Searching for Heaven on Earth, offers this key to finding happiness – an open pair of hands. He assures us that the Christ-centered follower can experience happiness in wisdom, wealth, work and pleasure (under the sun). God is the dispenser of pleasurable pursuits and we are the receiver. Our Lord can bless us with possessions, wisdom, pleasure, and employment. Our job is to keep our cupped hands open and resist the human urge to close them selfishly. When we keep our hands open we are allowing God to give and take his blessings as he chooses for his glory. We must remember that God’s resources are limitless. Don’t close your hands and cut yourself off of from His blessings.