Monday, February 26, 2024

Joy in Philippians

Aaron S. Robertson

When it comes to the overall theme of joy in Philippians, 4:6-7 really resonates for me as it relates to my own return to, and understanding of, the faith: "Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."

What greater joy can there ever be once we truly make that connection with God while still in this life? What greater joy can there ever be than truly experiencing the reality of God? Than knowing that God is in our lives, He wants to be in our lives, and He wants us to share in His life? Than knowing with absolute conviction that this life isn't all there is? That something far, far more beautiful beyond our limited comprehension awaits us, if only we give it an honest chance by trying to meet God halfway and allow Him to do the rest? I've been so wonderfully blessed to make this connection with this reality, and, indeed, there is a peace residing in my mind and deep within my heart now that cannot be explained by anything in this world.

Paul's words in Philippians 4:6-7 also remind me of Andrew's reaction portrayed in season 1, episode 4, of The Chosen, once he has met and recognized the Savior. In describing his encounter with Jesus to his brother, a skeptical and stubborn Simon Peter, the sheer joy reflected on Andrew's face and in his words really resonate. While Simon Peter is too focused on what he feels are bigger issues at that moment, Andrew, filled with joy, is trying to tell him that none of it matters.

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