Holy Week – Wednesday – Philippians 4:4-13
Paul makes it sound so easy doesn’t he? Whenever I am concerned, distressed or discontent, all I have to do is remember “whatever you (I) learned, received, heard, or saw in us”. So all I have to do is study the bible and remember all the teachings and everything will be okay, because the God of peace will be with me. (Phil 4:9)
I must be doing something wrong. How about you?
Okay, perhaps I am taking this too literal and out of biblical context. The church in Philippi knew Paul. He was their founder and spiritual mentor. They had a personal relationship with the 13th Apostle. He obviously care about them deeply. Take a look at Paul’s greeting from Philippians 1:1-8:
1 From Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus. To all those in Philippi who are God’s people in Christ Jesus, along with your supervisors and servants.
2 May the grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
3 I thank my God every time I mention you in my prayers. 4 I’m thankful for all of you every time I pray, and it’s always a prayer full of joy. 5 I’m glad because of the way you have been my partners in the ministry of the gospel from the time you first believed it until now. 6 I’m sure about this: the one who started a good work in you will stay with you to complete the job by the day of Christ Jesus. 7 I have good reason to think this way about all of you because I keep you in my heart. You are all my partners in God’s grace, both during my time in prison and in the defense and support of the gospel.8 God is my witness that I feel affection for all of you with the compassion of Christ Jesus.
This was a special relationship. With that in mind, in proper context, it is easier to understand how Paul might expect such devotion and effort from his Philippian family.
Perhaps that is what I am to take away from this passage. My relationship with Jesus is my source of peace, contentment and strength. I want my Lord Jesus to look at me in the same way Paul looked at his friends in Philippi. I want to bring Joy to Jesus! I want to put a smile on my saviors face.
Here is our thought for the day: What does Jesus see when he looks at us? Is he proud of us? Doe God see people who are obedient and faithful?
The secret to contentment and the way to experience real joy is by trusting in our Lord.
13 I can endure all these things through the power of the one who gives me strength.
PRAYER FOCUS: faith, trust, spiritual disciplines, contentment, joy.
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