For God is not a God of confusion but of peace- 1 Corinthians 14:33
Either because of a head cold or the seasons shifting and my allergies are acting up, my head is congested today. This makes it so hard for me to concentrate on one task, and I feel like my head is in a tunnel. The rest of me feels fine, but I feel so out of focus. And it’s amazing, because, if you let Him, God will bring order out of Chaos. In the office, feeling fuzzy, I asked my wife for prayer (And to bring some allergy medication, which helped GREATLY), and immediately, I notice a missed call from a dear friend of mine. We talked for the better part of an hour, iron sharpening iron, and then ministry opportunities began to present themselves, and, after noticing an upswing in my mood and taking some Alka-Seltzer (I’m not being sponsored for these, it’s just my go to with allergy/cold symptoms), I feel reinvigorated. What’s my point in sharing all of this? Ask for help, God shows up! IN all the circumstances where I’m able to get the focus on how I’m feeling and put the focus on loving God and loving others, He shines through. I know where my help comes from!
Beloved believer, we’re not promised a life free from pain, misery, sickness, or bad circumstances, but we are promised help through it. We need to ask! And why? Because in our positions of humility, we give our hope and trust, not to our circumstances, but to the One who rules all things and made heaven and earth. When we submit to our Designer, we give Him the authority over the outcome. He can bring our Chaos in to order, because that’s what He does! He is God, He is good, He is in control, and in seeking Him, and, yes, rejoicing through it all, we find our help, our hope, our peace and our joy.
I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Yet it was kind of you to share my trouble. And you Philippians yourselves know that in the beginning of the gospel, when I left Macedonia, no church entered into partnership with me in giving and receiving, except you only. Even in Thessalonica you sent me help for my needs once and again. Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that increases to your credit. I have received full payment, and more. I am well supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent, a fragrant offering, a sacrifice acceptable and pleasing to God. And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.