– Secret Place Insights –
Dear One, “In a fix, Philippians 4:6,” were the words I heard this week from the radio. Sorry, I don’t remember who was speaking, or what program was airing. In a fix? Oh yeah, that’s me, I thought. As soon as I could, I looked up Philippians and read, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” With thanksgiving…oh, I have not been doing enough of that. For months, I have been trailing behind on what I consider my ‘have to’s,’ and I have been anxious.
My husband says, “Don’t think of it as ‘have to’s, make it maybe-s or maybe nots.”
That just does not work for me, but worry, especially for a Christian, is destructive, reeks of distrust and is a REALLY bad witness. It is a sorry witness, isn’t it? For aren’t you thinking, at this very moment, if this writer of these posts, who talks on and on about God, is struggling with worry, should I even be reading what she has to say? Well, the truth is, if I continue in this vein, you should not.
If you are still with me, I am pleased to tell you that, “In a fix, Philippians 4:6 has helped me. And that was without even reciting the verse time and time again. I have been encouraged by merely remembering, “In a fix….Philippians 4:6.”
Doesn’t that seem just, too, too simple? Yes, of course, it does. For it’s not the slogan which turned my attitude around, it is the personal relationship with God, and the reminder of His faithfulness, and the Truths of His Word which have given power to those words. For without the relationship the words would be…well…only …words – words void of the renewing power of God. So for whatever is next, and I get in a fix, I have Philippians 4:6.
“Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” Corrie ten Boom
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