These are uncertain days. (How’s that for an understatement?) As I type this, there’s a livestream from the White House on in the background with the latest update on the coronavirus. Everywhere you turn, people are talking about it. Some are mildly concerned. Others are in a full-blown panic. Uncertainty almost always raises stress and anxiety. In this post, my desire is to turn our focus to God and His Word. These are passages we can focus on, discuss, and pray through as we trust a faithful God in any uncertain time.
They are focused on earthly things, but our citizenship is in heaven, and we eagerly wait for a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of his glorious body, by the power that enables him to subject everything to himself. So then, my dearly loved and longed for brothers and sisters, my joy and crown, in this manner stand firm in the Lord, dear friends.
I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to agree in the Lord. Yes, I also ask you, true partner, to help these women who have contended for the gospel at my side, along with Clement and the rest of my coworkers whose names are in the book of life. Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your graciousness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is anything praiseworthy—dwell on these things. Do what you have learned and received and heard from me, and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Philippians 3:19 – 4:9
This passage – especially 4:6 – is quoted all the time. But there is so much more than just telling people “Don’t worry about anything.” When we look at this verse in the context of the verses before and after, we find seven reminders that show us how we can not worry.