Daily Inspiration - Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice...do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:4-6
It is so important to understand scripture in context. For instance, Phil 4:6 is often portrayed only as, "Try not to worry, be patient."
While the passage does demand patience, the context provided by the statement "Rejoice in the Lord always..." adds the critical detail of the manner in which we wait!
As you anxiously await the answers to life's hard questions, don't miss the opportunity to actually bear fruit while you wait.
Instead of just waiting for the Lord to fulfill your desire, allow your heart to be aligned with His in active patience through prayer, reading of scripture, and receiving His guidance.
These are the practical ways we "rejoice in the Lord always." In this way, you can experience the very best He has for you while you wait!
When you are seeking first to glorify Jesus Christ in your life, then you will be truly satisfied to wait upon Him patiently. And who knows? Perhaps you will see the thing you are waiting for differently as a result of the journey you've just experienced.
Biblically, waiting is not just something we have to do until we get what we want. Waiting is part of the process of becoming what God wants us to be.
Father, thank You for Your Word. Thank You for the way it directs us as we live our lives. I pray that you would help me to learn active patience, and in so doing "rejoice in You always." In Jesus Name, I pray, amen.