I often read the Bible to the children…and watch them yawn.
It can be hard to listen to the Word of God when you’re six years old, and you really don’t get what it’s saying.
So over the years, I’ve formed a pattern of explaining it as I read.
BTW – I have to quit when they are about 12 and send them to read it on their own as they start to depend on my explanation!
But Philippians 4:4-8 seems like an odd section to explain.
The sentences don’t seem to go together. Broken down, it goes like this:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your graciousness be known to everyone.
The Lord is near.
Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition
with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought,
will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable—if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise—dwell on these things.
Here is the practical application I offer my children:
Choose to be happy and excited about the life God has blessed you with.
No matter how hard your day (or how irritating those around you) be kind and gracious to everyone.
God is with you always.
So if you DO have a need, ask Him for it!
Then thank Him for taking care of it and move on in faith.
Your fear and worries will melt away as His peace comes over you.
Not only that, but you will be protected from the evil brought on my the sins of fear and worry.
Since you are removing fear and worry from you mind, fill it instead with these POSITIVE things, things that bring glory to God, things that lift your spirit and encourage others!
Maybe this will help you to memorize these verses and put them into practice!