Monday, November 10, 2014

4 & 2

1) Don't worry about anything;

2) instead, pray about everything.

3) Tell God what you need,

4) & thank Him for all He has done.

If you do this,

1) you will experience God's peace

(which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.)

2) His peace will guard your hearts & minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

(These words are from Paul in his letter to the new group / church in Philippi, chapter 4, verses 6 & 7 - the enumerating is mine.)

So, let's look at these 2 verses.

Paul says here that if we do 4 things, 2 things will happen.

He doesn't quantify the who, what, where, when, & how if it.

He just says that if we do the first 4 things, the second 2 things will happen.

Let's remember that Paul was most likely in prison when he wrote this - prison was NOT a Club Med experience back then.

So, if we believe that God speaks to us through this letter, then what Paul was writing is true.

If we do the 4 things, the other 2 will happen.

Are any of you willing to give this a simple test this week?

I know that none of you are world class worriers like me, but humor me on this, will ya?

Any of you want to test this with me this week?

So, here's what we might do this week...

Instead of worrying & fretting, trying to figure things out, & generally trying to make things happen, what if we did what Paul says here this week?

Iow, whenever we run into something that worries us, we just tell God what's worrying us, & what outcome we hope will occur, rather than the outcome we worry will occur.

And then, we place the whole thing is His hands & thank Him ahead of time for whatever the end product might be as a result of us trusting Him to handle it.

(I think the being thankful may be a key component here.)

And then let's see what happens.

Let's see if a sense of quiet comes over us, a quietness that not only happens in the moment, but continues in the succeeding days.

I'm serious about this.

I'm not suggesting we adopt a concept of God as some sort of celestial vending machine.

I'm suggesting we try this out & see what happens?

If you want to give this a whirl this week, tell me that in the comment section below.

And write down your experiences with it - not for me, but for yourselves.

No comments: