“Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERYTHING, 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.”
Philippians 4:6-7 NIV
In the midst of all my wedding preparations and transitions in basically all areas, I tend to be obsessive-compulsive. The choleric that I am wants to make sure that all bases are covered–and if mistakes may happen, I need to foresee them now so that I would know how to resolve it ahead of time.
Tama ba yun? Wala pang problema, prinoblema ko na?
I still feel uneasy over certain responsibilities and how I have to meet each and every one of them. This makes me all the more anxious. If only I can press “pause” on some details so that I can attend to them one at a time.
I strongly believe though that this morning, God pressed “pause” for me and reminded me His word in Philippians 4:6-7.
Three words lept from out of the pages, in blinking boldface: EVERYTHING, TRANSCENDS ALL, IN CHRIST JESUS. Wow. How amazing is that eh?
- EVERYTHING – this includes things and details I haven’t yet worried but it’s already been taken care of. (Everything, Normi. Everything!)
- TRANSCENDS ALL – God’s peace is all encompassing! Even things not related to my wedding preparations; events that has happened, is happening and will happen; things I really can’t quite put a finger on nor comprehend–I can calmly yet confidently say, “It is well with my soul.”
- IN CHRIST JESUS – The clincher. The climax. The punch line. The concluding remark. The answer. IN. CHRIST JESUS. Made me reflect: why am I feeling this way? Am I in Christ Jesus? Because there’s no way that these matters could have made me anxious had I been in Christ Jesus all along.
Now there’s the pause I needed–I had to remember that it is in Christ Jesus that I have all things. I had to remember what Jesus did for those people who trusted and believed in him and what he said:
- Mary in John 2:1-11 – trusted Jesus to turn the water into wine; Jesus, though it was not yet his time to do such things, he still did. Mary trusted and believed and she witnessed a miracle. And it all happened in a wedding! A wedding that everyone will remember, forever.
- The father of the boy possessed by the evil spirit in Mark 9:14-29 – his sincere response “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” is something I can relate to. He trusted and believed and Jesus healed his son.
- The criminal at the cross in Luke 23:39-43 – He has been a crook most of his life, but he believed that Jesus is the Messiah (I personally think he’s the first ever Messianic Jew; or was it John the Baptist?). He trusted and believed and he received the sweet promise of Jesus assuring him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with me in paradise.
And I can go on and on and on.
In Christ Jesus. Trancends All. Everything.
What a powerful assurance! Thank you Lord!
Abba Father, sorry that I have allowed myself to be caught up with matters that shouldn’t worry me. Forgive me for the momentary lapse in memory of who you are–that you are the Creator of All, Sustainer of All. Let not the things of this world ever sway me again. Thank you Jesus that in you I can have peace that transcends all understanding. I am eternally grateful for what you have done for me that gives me the privilege to have everything that I ask in your will. Thank you Holy Spirit for the assurance that I can claim this promise and expect favorable answers. Drown out the worries and fill me with peace. Help me to always pray with praise and thanksgiving, trusting and believing that I have received all that I have asked. This I pray, in Jesus’ name. Amen.