Day 4

Jan 7

Phillipians 4:6-7

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

I often think God is only concerned with the “big stuff.” You know – the things in our lives we would deem “big” and worthy of God’s attention and therefore our prayers. Things like where we should attend college; what major we choose and pursue as a career; who we should marry; when we should have kids, how many; and if we should do any of these things at all. Or, He’s supposed to help us manage and mitigate the curveballs that come our way threatening to knock us off course (at least the course we have determined is best for us) like health issues, financial crisis, or relational betrayal. 

But clearly, this passage reminds us that God is a good, perfect, loving Father who pays attention to and is concerned with every detail of our lives. Paul writes to the church in Philippi and instructs them, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” In the original language, the word “anything” means, well, anything; and the word “everything” is translated (you guessed it) everything! In a world where it’s estimated we think about and make over 35,000 choices each day, Paul reminds us that God, our Father, is interested in every single one of them! Not only is nothing too big for God to handle, but apparently, nothing is too small, either. Let’s continue to invite Him into every detail of our lives!

Reflection and Prayer:

Is your view of God any different knowing He cares about every detail of your life, not just the “big stuff”? 

  • Thank Him for His love and care that goes beyond anything we will ever comprehend.

Are there things you’ve been holding and/or trying to control because they seem too “small” for God to be concerned about?

  • Begin to talk with God about everything of concern that creates worry, doubt, or anxiety. Ask Him for comfort and wisdom.

What would it look like to listen for Him and walk with Him in every step of life?

  • Take time throughout the day to pause and offer short prayers of thanksgiving and/or what you need, and pause to allow Him to speak to you bringing comfort, guidance, and peace.

Kyle Zimmerman

Friends Orange Interim Pastor