Friday, March 27, 2020

In their own words: Day 31

Phil 4.4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry 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.
Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honourable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.

This passage is full of joy, which is surprising when we remember that it was written from prison. Yet even here – perhaps especially here – Paul is aware of God’s presence. It is this which keeps him from worrying and helps him to know the “peace of God, which surpasses all understanding.”

Are you worried about anything today? How can you remind yourself that God is with you?

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