What a beautiful lesson for Lent and throughout the year. Paul is thanking the Philippians for their generosity and concern for his well-being. He wants them to understand that even in difficult times we must not worry, but put our trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.
My heart leaped with joy as the scripture so beautifully reminded me that God will supply all my needs from the glorious riches we have been given through Christ Jesus. I have learned that I can do everything in God’s plan with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need. Worry accomplishes nothing. If we experience uncertainty and discontent, we should rely on God’s promise to meet all our needs. We must ask God’s help to focus our time and energy on our needs, not our desires and wants.
This lesson eloquently describes the contentment, humility, joy, and peace that come from loving our Lord with all our hearts. In addition to thanking the Philippians, Paul teaches that all good things come from trusting Christ. What a wonderful way to live! By trusting in Him we can change our attitudes and appetites from wanting more and more to accepting what God has provided.
Stepping Out in Lent – My prayer for St. Peter’s is that our love for our Lord and each other will grow stronger every day and that we will find new ways to lift each other up, knowing that we are bound together by the love of, and for, our Lord. Paul learned and taught the true secret of joy and peace – imitating Christ and His love.
Author – Carol Hair Moore is married to Ed, has been at St. Peter’s for two years, and considers their lives wonderfully blessed in so many ways. Carol is author of children’s books, which is her childhood dream, and knows that God is good.