What a timely and profound word from Pastor Jackson this past Sunday. In a time where uncertainty is looming in the lives of people causing a rippling effect of emotional, social, financial and spiritual anxiety, worrying can get the best of us if we don’t handle it in a healthy way. These are moments when we may not know what tomorrow holds, but we as believers can rest in knowing who holds tomorrow. The text speaks of the power and purpose of prayer in the lives of those who put their faith in God. Paul is encouraging the church of Philippi to not worry, but instead pray. I once heard someone say if you are going to worry don’t pray, but when you pray don’t worry. This makes sense in the spiritual because we can find peace in knowing that God is working things out for our good, but in the natural there are those who pray and still worry.
Paul helps us because he is not encouraging the people while everything is all well with him. In fact he is writing this letter of encouragement while he is in prison not knowing what his outcome is going to be. This is a testament of his faith and love for others even while enduring a trial himself. Paul states in verse 6 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” This brings back memories from my childhood of hearing my mother say when correcting me was, “What you’re not going to do.”
Paul is saying do not allow anxiety to get the best of you. It may come, but it doesn’t have to control you. God has equipped us to handle certain things, but there are some things we must leave in the hands of God. This is why it is so important to be careful of who we connect with along this journey. People can either make you or they can break you. I’m grateful that God specializes in putting back together what the enemy or immature people have broken in our lives.
Another statement that our parents would say to us was “what you are going to do.” Meaning I have told you what not to do, but now I’m giving you instruction on what to do. I love this because here is where our worrying goes to worshipping. The text says that in everything we should give thanksgiving. This is what confuses the enemy when we can give God adoration even in the midst of what may seem like devastation. This is where as believers we can find peace in the midst of the storm. Family, there are people watching you and trying to figure out how are you making it. It’s because you have learned to PUSH – (Pray Until Something Happens) your way through the storms of life.