Monday, January 14, 2019
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Paul, imprisoned in Rome, understood the trials and concerns the Christians in Philippi were facing. He writes to tell them to “Rejoice”? Paul teaches that no matter what our surrounding situation and circumstances they do not have to reflect our inner self. The test of our faith is to truly believe that God is in control, no matter the situation. We are sometimes more prone to conclude easier said than done. But Paul provides the pathway.
Our glorious God is always caring and loving and with us. As Jesus was gentle and kind we also must think of the joy inside and reflect that truth to others by our gentleness. We need to hear this, sometimes frequently. We must believe this with all our heart and mind. Life’s situations can frustrate and discourage, we become worn down, tired and begin to doubt, and become anxious. Our minds can take us to places we should not be traveling. We can become unreasonable, exclusive, critical, biased and revengeful. God is providing peace that is not found in our daily lives. It comes from God and that he is in control.
Gracious and most merciful Lord God we see sign after sign that the hearts of your people are moving away from you. Evil abounds and has distorted your word and questioned your majesty. Children know little about you. How dear Lord are we to be joyous? It is most concerning. You created us because of your love for us. Your ultimate love for us was demonstrated on the cross by your one and only son. Jesus died for all of our sins so that by his conquering death we who believe shall have everlasting life. We lift our heart and mind to you and proclaim that you are God. Guide our path and our spoken word as we walk with you each day. Knowing that by prayer petition and Thanksgiving the peace of God will protect us. How glorious how precious is our Lord. Amen