Philippians 4 — Final Words, God’s Provision
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As we read the last chapter of this short letter, I pray that we may “Stand firm in the Lord” (Philippians 4:1). Indeed, I pray we would be strong!! May we “rejoice in the Lord always” (4:4), even when we don’t see the fruits of our labors before us (see Habakkuk 3:16-18), may I still say, “I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (Habakkuk 3:18).
Over a decade ago, my wife and I were part of a discipleship class that encouraged (ok, demanded) us to memorize scripture passages. It was a challenge to memorize scripture word for word, so I asked God for some help and He provided the answer through writing songs. In particular, the song, “Don’t Be Anxious” was written to help us memorize Philippians 4:6-8. Even to this day, this song brings joy to me. No, it’s not a hit tune, but it reminds me not be be anxious in times when I feel like I somehow “deserve” to be anxious. Lord I pray for “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding” (4:7) and for the strength to “think about such things” (4:8) that are worthy of you.
Paul provides a wonderful conclusion to this letter, rejoicing for the ample supplied of gifts “received from Epaphroditus” (4:18) and the assurance that he is fully satisfied. He emphasizes that “God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus” (4:19). Such a wonderful affirmation of God’s provision. I think it’s amazing that Paul’s last words reach out to the Roman citizens in Philippi, one last time, “All God’s people here send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household” (4:22), just before closing the letter. This is a great testimony to remember those who have a different upbringing and lineage. Lord help me to be more inclusive as I seek to spread the Gospel in this world, especially those not like me, for all matter to you!