To Follow Jesus
My notes on Every Day with Jesus, written by Selwyn Hughes; revised and updated by Mick Brooks, published by CWR.
March/April 2014 Issue – ‘The Great Legacy’
Today’s text for reading and meditation is:
Philippians 4:1-9 (NIV): ‘Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, dear friends!
I plead with Euodia and I plead with Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord. Yes, and I ask you, my true companion, help these women since they have contended at my side in the cause of the gospel, along with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me – put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.‘
I’ve very little to say about what Selwyn has written.
However, I think the following is important: we must first trust God with every aspect of our lives. He has authority over all creation, and He does actively exercise that control. There is nothing that happens in our lives that is outside of His sovereign power. God is all powerful and the bad things that happen to us – is being used by God to transform us into the likeness of Jesus.
Consequently, there is nothing that we should habitually fear, and what fears we do have, and some fears are inevitable in this chaotic world; can be handed over to Jesus in prayer. This is what Paul is saying in this verse: ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.’
In the act of fully trusting our loving God, especial when we are facing trials, we will find that His peace will always guard our hearts and minds.
In Selwyn’s conclusion, we read these wise words: ‘When you put everything into His hands and are willing to open your hearts fully to Him then peace is the inevitable result.‘
The problem with many people is that they don’t fully trust in God’s power, and goodness, especially in the application of His love in their lives. How very, very sad!