… those things which are guaranteed to bring peace and joy to me and those around me are also a side benefit, more and more known to be of value to our physical health and well-being (Prov 17:22; Eph 5:20). I can hear someone saying, “If you only knew what I am going through right now.” Well, perhaps so, but as long as we have health and a sound mind, we can choose. It’s akin to having plenty of soap and water available and never taking a bath or washing our hands and face. So let’s do a short study, justB style …
“Therefore my dearly beloved …
stand fast in the Lord …
Rejoice in the Lord always:
and again I say, rejoice.
Really? Rejoice always?
Let your moderation be known to all men.
Let your simple life-style (moderation) be known to all.
The Lord is at hand.
He may come at any moment.
Be careful for nothing;
Or don’t hold back anything. Think about that!
but in every thing by prayer and supplication
Petition. Humble request.
with thanksgiving let your requests be made known [to whom?] unto God.
Now think about this:
And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Don’t try to understand how, just relax and let it be.
Everybody, but especially brothers and sisters in Christ. Let us be the example.
whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest,
whatsoever things are just,
whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely,
whatsoever things are of good report;
if there be any virtue,
Other than those already mentioned, think!
and if there be any praise,
think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do:
That which, through life, you have heard about and learned, follow that learning. Act on and do it.
and the God of peace shall be with you.”(Phil 4:1-9)
In the same chapter, soon after this, the Apostle Paul testifies to having learned how to be content wherever and whatever state or condition he finds himself to be in, and comes to a great conclusion:
“I can do all things through Christ which [or who] strengtheneth me … my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”(Phil 4:13-19)
Think of that! Glory to God!
Launch out. Do His will. Pray. Think. Do. Be. Prove him, God, all sufficient.
“That’s where God is: in the whatsoevers.”Dallas Willard