By: Waylon Bailey
I love the fourth chapter of Philippians!
I once had a seminary professor who was a great teacher of the Bible. We asked him one day, “What is your favorite book of the Bible?“ He responded rather quickly, “My favorite Bible book is the one I’m studying right now.“
That has often been my sentiment as well, but the fourth chapter of Philippians comes pretty close to being my all time favorite.
I find myself turning to Philippians Four time and again. It’s because of what I find there, and it’s because of how it speaks to the needs of my life.
What does it tell me?
First, Philippians Four deals with the problems of anxiety and fear. Paul simply told the Philippians, “Don’t be anxious about anything“ (Philippians 4:6). He could make such a bold statement because he suggested in place of anxiety that the Philippians pray instead.
In Philippians Four I find that I can be anxious for nothing when I pray over everything.
Second, Philippians Four tells me to adjust my thinking. Paul gives a long list of virtues (Philippians 4:8) and then tells the Philippians to think on these things. He wanted the church at Philippi to put its mind on things above and on things that were excellent and praiseworthy. I find this an amazing way to deal with the anxieties and fears of life. We constantly need to renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2).
Third, Philippians Four tells me that I can have contentment in life in spite of the circumstances of life.
In spite of all he had gone through (compare 2 Corinthian‘s 11) including prison and beatings, Paul said “I have learned“ to be content in any and every situation.
I long for that same contentment which comes when we spend time repeatedly with the Lord Jesus.
Finally, Philippians Four shows me that God is all I need. “My God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus“ (Philippians 4:19).
I am so thankful that I am not dependent on what I have but on what God has. He can supply all my needs because of His supply of riches which are eternal.
God truly is all I need.
I thank God for Holy Scripture and its practical and powerful nature.
Have a great week!