Faith or Fear
The Bible says “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also
careful, but ye lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith
to be content.” Philippians 4:10-11 (KJV)
How is your faith doing today? Are you facing some mountain which seems too high to clear? Is there a valley to low
or an ocean too deep? Is there some giant blocking your path? Sometimes when we are facing such problems that wicked one wants
us to fall for one of his wiles. He wants us to think no one cares so that we take our fearful eyes off of the Lord and instead
fearfully focus on the problem.
Paul gives praise to the Lord for the restored support from the Philippian Believers. The support had their name written
upon the check but the check was drawn upon the Bank of the Lord. He is the One Who makes the provision. He is the One Who
deserves the praise. It didn’t matter the Philippians did not immediately have the funds. What Paul expressed is their
desire to support meant God could and did make provision. It called for faith, not fear, on both parties to trust in the Lord.
Paul was quick to point out he had faith
in the Lord’s provision and contentment to give Him praise in lean times and in times of plenty. God’s care and
concern did not rest upon a surplus of support but upon the belief in Him. We are to praise Him in all things. We are to trust
Him in all situations. He will provide. Think of Abraham and Isaac. Abraham’s faith in God overcame pride in his heart.
He was willing to lay all on the alter. The issue of faith not fear was settled in his heart. How about us?
Daily Chronological Bible Reading: Genesis