A recent news report told of the discovery of the world’s third largest diamond. It was about the size of a hen’s egg and worth eight to nine million dollars. Imagine the excitement and the joy of the finder!
Similarly, there are times when the implications of one of God’s promises to his children suddenly strike the mind as though with a blinding light, when a truth revealed becomes a precious assurance that can be put to practical use and will bring both joy and comfort.
For some weeks now the admonitions and promises of Philippians 4:4–7 have been on my mind. Accepted at face value and acted upon, they can bring untold blessing.
The passage reads, “Delight yourselves in the Lord; yes, find your joy in him at all times. Have a reputation for gentleness, and never forget the nearness of your Lord. Don’t worry over anything whatever; tell God every detail of your needs in earnest and thankful prayer, and the peace of God, which transcends human understanding, will keep constant guard over your hearts and minds as they rest in Christ Jesus” (Phillips).
Human existence involves anxiety, worry, burdens, care, concern. Problems, problems, problems—there seems to be no end to matters that interfere with tranquility and peace of mind. Yet though anxiety is an inevitable part of the drama of human life, there is a supernatural remedy offered to those who will accept it.
The underlying cause of much of our apprehension is a distorted sense of values on the one hand and on the other our foolish attempts to be our own burden-bearer. We permit the cares of this world, the false glamour of money and material things, worldly ambitions, and a host of other things to crowd in on our conscious and subconscious lives until we feel ready to explode. ...1
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