Monday, July 23, 2018
Philippians 4:5 (NIV) Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Twelve years ago, during a difficult time in my life, God taught me an important lesson about gentleness. He showed me how faith in His faithfulness facilitates my gentle response to life’s circumstances. Here’s how it happened.
In August of 2006, I made a trip to South Dakota to move into my mom and dad’s house so I could help out during the last days of my mom’s life. Her pancreatic cancer was getting much worse and she was getting very weak. At the time my dad was 81 years of age, and while he was doing a great job of being a caregiver, he needed help. I was so blessed to have the support of my church family to allow me to leave and be with my parents as mom’s coronation day approached.
On the way over to South Dakota, I stopped in Rochester, Minnesota to visit a young couple from our church who have a 4-month-old daughter who was born with some serious heart defects. She had to be taken into emergency open-heart surgery to try to repair a serious condition that had developed. As I sat in the hospital with the parents, I shared with them the truth that God is still on the throne.
I needed to hear that as much as they did.
It is the confidence we have in the absolute sovereignty and goodness of God that gives us hope no matter what the circumstances of life. Whether it be the critical health conditions of a baby or a mother who has lived a full and faithful life, God knows their every need and will not fail to bring glory to His name through the results.
Faith in the faithfulness of God. That’s what we need to carry with us an attitude of gentleness that is evident to all. When we have such faith, the attitude of gentleness will manifest itself in three specific ways as we encounter the diversity of life’s circumstances.
First, our faith in God allows us to lighten up about things that are happening in the present.
Second, our faith in God allows us to let go of the things that have happened in the past.
And third, our faith in God allows us to be free from worry about things that might happen in the future.
Our faith in the faithfulness of God gives us victory over the past, the present, and the future.
So, let your gentleness be evident to all by doing three things:
- Lighten up
- Let it go
- Don’t worry
God is in control, and He never fails!