I’m Glad That One’s Not In There

What if Paul had written the following to his Philippian friends?

Base your joy on your circumstances. I’ll say it again in case you didn’t get that. Allow whatever situation you are facing to dictate who and how you worship.

Snap. Lose it on people. Fall all to pieces because this is as good as it gets for you. No one is coming to rescue you.

Worry yourself sick over everything. Don’t even bother with prayer. There’s nothing in it for you. No one is listening. 

Your heart and your mind will eventually be consumed with fear or perhaps even the very thing that you fear. 

You are on your own.

I’m glad that one’s not in there. But it does help us to better understand what is in there. And what is in there is a word from God through Paul to pull us away from our obsession with worry and fear. It goes like this.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 (ESV)

We want to live like this. We really do. But too often we believe our worries and fears when they try to convince us to buy in to what isn’t true. That’s why it’s important to marinate in the Scriptures. When we do, we will be reminded of the truth whenever our worries and fears try to convince us to believe a lie. We will be reminded of truths like these.

1. In Christ, there is always a reason to rejoice.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Philippians 4:4 (ESV)

2. Christ is coming back to rescue those who have put their faith in him.

Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand. Philippians 4:5 (ESV)

3. Prayer is the remedy for worry.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (ESV, emphasis mine)

4. God really is listening to you.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6 (ESV, emphasis mine)

5. More than that, God is giving you what you need the most.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (ESV, emphasis mine)

6. And all the while, Jesus is fighting for you.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7 (ESV, emphasis mine)

It all comes down to belief. Will you believe those verses, the ones that aren’t in there, that your worries and fears constantly quote to you? Or, will you believe the verses that really are in there? Will you trust the one who has always been there, fighting for your good?

Worry, much like worship, isn’t a matter of circumstances. Both are the answer to one simple question.

Who are you trusting?

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