Philippians 4:4-9 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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 Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
As I look around at our world today, I am again reminded that I can fret and worry about what is going to happen in the near future or I can totally trust God to take care of me no matter what happens I am also realizing that even though our world is in great turmoil and full of anger, I don’t have to be. I have so much to be thankful for in my own personal world! I can still get up in the morning and start my day. Praise God for my health! I still get up every morning and get ready and go to work. Praise God for my Job! I still have an abundance of food in my house and I still have my coffee. Praise God for meeting my everyday needs! (I don’t know that I really need the coffee!) I still have money in the bank to pay my bills and a roof over my head. Praise God that He takes care of my financial needs! My daily routine hasn’t really changed during this pandemic or this political unrest and there is so much in my life to be thankful for! I encourage you to begin, if you haven’t already, to find things to be thankful for! (You shouldn’t have to look very hard!)
I personally hate what this pandemic has done to some folks around me. There are some that haven’t left their homes since this all started back in March of 2020. Some have elected to stay home from their workplace and work strictly from home and never venture out. Some have elected to not have any family gatherings or some have not been able to visit family because of restrictions and some have suffered deep depression because of it. Some have made these choices out of fear, while some out of cautionary health needs. I personally have chosen not to let this pandemic, turmoil and worldly unrest control my life. God sees the big picture of all of this. All I can see is just what is in front of me for I can only look at things through my human eyes. So I am left with the choices to either trust my Heavenly Father through all of this or jump onto the bandwagon of fear and doubt. I choose to trust Him! And today I choose to praise Him!
I’m not in any way saying that I don’t think this pandemic is real. I have seen too much evidence to the contrary, but I believe if I take all the precautionary steps needed to stay safe and still serve the Lord in my calling, He will protect me and take care of me. And I will continue to stand on Psalm 91 and will continue to stand on Philippians 4:5 -7, “The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, present your request to God. And the peace which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
The devil is having a heyday with all the fear and turmoil he is creating! We as Christ followers need to fervently pray for our people, for America, for our leaders and for our families! Today I choose to trust! Today I choose to Praise Him! Today I choose to pray! How about you?