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November 2 – Blessed In Everything

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:6,7

Devotional Thought For The Day

We tend to sort things out in our lives – the things that pertain to God, faith, forgiveness, discipleship, the church, and the “secular” things in our lives, like work, family, friends, finances.  We tend to think of the former as perhaps in God’s hands, things for which we can grow in trusting Him, but we look at the other things as principally our own responsibility, things which we must worry about.  Unfortunately, worry and anxiety tends to creep into many things in our lives, including the things that are supposedly in God’s hands.

Holy Scripture encourages us not to separate these things, but rather to “not be anxious about anything.”  From cover to cover the Bible teaches that God is concerned about every aspect of our life, from the rather trivial, the number of hairs on our heads [Matt. 10:30], to the very heart and core of our being, every one of our thoughts [Psalm 1139:2].  This is hard for us to envision and fathom, that God could keep track of all these things for the nearly 7 billion people living on the face of the earth.  Unfortunately, we tend to whittle God down to a size more manageable to our finite minds.  But God is not one of our “pygmy gods” – He is almighty, infinite in knowledge and power, controlling all aspects of His creation [everything, even the most distant stars and regions of the universe] and He is also quite imminent and intimate, controlling all of the affairs of mankind, including all of the most personal aspects of our whole being.

We are encouraged to “not be anxious about anything,” but rather “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”  Everything means everything – all aspects of our lives.  The distinction between “spiritual” and “secular” matters little to God; He loves us fully, which means that He is concerned for and managing all aspects of our lives.  It pleases Him when we put “everything” in our lives before Him in prayer.  He doesn’t want us to be “anxious” for anything!  Whether family, finance, health, church, work, children, friends, death, natural disasters, politics, recreation, or vacation – He wants us to share all aspects of our life and being with Him in prayer, so that we are relieved of all fears and anxieties, knowing His love, and that He is tending to all of our needs.

We know His love for us in the gift of His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. He put all self-concern aside when He laid down His life for us, so that we could have God’s forgiveness, mercy, and eternal salvation. This is the basis of our certainty in regard to God’s love, compassion, care, and concern for all aspects of our life and being, as the apostle reminds us:  “He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also with Him graciously give us all things?” [Rom. 8:32]  Did you get that?  “All things”?  So the Lord assures us of His love for us and invites and encourages us to live fully in His love, not anxious about anything, but lifting up everything to Him in prayer, all of our concerns and needs.  Worry and anxiety, which tend to afflict us all, are contrary to His good and gracious will for us – so we confess this lack of faith and desire for self-determination, and rejoice in His gracious forgiveness.  And we work at our praying – at including everything in our prayers, so that we may grow in faith and trust in God, and leave our anxieties behind!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, thanks and praise be to You for Your gracious and complete love for us.  Forgive us for our insistence on clinging to fear, worry, anxiety, and independence.  Help us to turn our hearts and minds to You in everything that we are and all that we do, trusting Your love and Your power.  Grant us Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, and guard our hearts and minds.  Amen.