Read: Philippians 4:2-9
Reflect: If someone were to tell you that they feel stressed out you might tell them, “Yeah, join the crowd!”. That’s because collectively, all of humanity has had to deal with more stress than ever. It used to be money, relationships, employment and raising children were the biggest things to worry about. Now, if those things weren’t enough, we have to add a global pandemic, work at home issues, forced vaccinations and seemingly perpetual face mask mandates to the mix. All of this might force us to ask the question “When will it all end?”
The short answer is that it won’t end until God’s plan for humanity comes to fruition. People sometimes wonder why God allows evil and all this trouble to continue in the world. They say it isn’t fair. The thing that they have to remember is that it isn’t God’s fault. He created a fair and perfect environment for us to live in called the Garden of Eden. It was man that ruined it by disobeying God and allowing sin to corrupt the world. Nevertheless, take heart, God will one day make everything right again when He will destroy sin and death. This is great to look forward to but what do we do to survive life right now with some form of sanity?
Philippians 4:6 gives us the key. It is trust. The actual word is not in the verse but look closely at the meaning. Here, Paul is telling us not to be anxious about anything but instead to bring everything to God in prayer and petition with thanksgiving. Notice those two words “with thanksgiving”. This is the key. This is the secret to having the peace of God in your heart and mind. When we bring our concerns to Him in prayer, we can thank Him for the future answer because we know that He has our best interests at heart. He knows exactly what we need and when we need it. We can trust that His answer will be perfect.
Apply: “Rejoice in the Lord every day; again, I will say, rejoice!” Our heavenly Father knows the stresses we are under, but rejoice. Bring everything to God in prayer and thank Him for what His answer will be. It will be just what we need.