God’s Lifetime Warranties
You Will Never Have a Need – Part IV
Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:10-20
Key Verse: Philippians 4:19 NLT
And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Let’s continue from yesterday’s devotional by reinforcing the incredible importance of having God’s peace.
Think about being on a trip when suddenly your car shuts down. You roll to the side of the road. If you are like me with very little knowledge about car engines and how they work, your peace has just flown out the window. Questions like, what has happened and what am I going to do now flood your mind. If your finances are tight, you start thinking right away of the cost of fixing the car and how you will manage this extra unexpected expense. All these questions have replaced your peace of mind. Stress and worry have taken up residency in your mind.
Now let’s take the same problem but put an experienced mechanic in the driver’s seat. Does his or her peace fly out the window? Does he or she fall apart with worry and stress? More than likely, he or she will confidently get out, open the hood knowing what to look for, and identify the problem.
The point of this illustration is that our problems are not really the reason we have worry and stress. Our worry and stress come from the lack of knowledge on how to fix the problems we face. If we at once know how to fix it or have a friend who is willing to help us fix things, then there simply is not any reason for worry and stress.
Going back to Jesus’s words, we must learn how to “take heart” so that we can have His peace! The first thing that “take heart” means is take a moment and remember you are never alone… Jesus promises that He will walk with us:
… “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5 NLT)
The quicker you can bring this verse to your mind; the quicker God’s peace starts to flow in you no matter the size of the problem you face.
The second thing that “take heart” means is to believe in God’s wisdom:
Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge… (Romans 11:33a NLT)
We will never have a problem that stumps God!
Finally, “take heart” means to replace doubt-filled thoughts with God’s promises to help you every step of the way.
Father, I will “take heart” today while dealing with my problems. I will resist the devil’s negative words and trust in Your eternal promises! In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.