IN HIS HANDS
- Key Verse
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
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God is in control, and God is good. If we live in relationship with Him, not getting anxious about our lives, but putting our hope in Him, God will give us His peace that protects our hearts and minds.
From a young age, I knew that God had the whole world in His hands. Yet, when it comes to parts of my life that mean the most to me, I don't always act like I believe this.
A few years ago, my husband and I were so excited to learn that I was pregnant. We immediately sat down together and prayed, knowing that we were not guaranteed anything in life, and we wanted to be thankful for everything.
When that pregnancy ended in miscarriage, I experienced deep grief. I tried as best as I could to trust God and not be anxious or fearful.
A few months later, I was pregnant again. I knew I needed to hold this child with open hands, because the tighter my grip, the less I trust God to take care of me -- no matter what. This pregnancy ended the same as my first. I was initially angry, but then I knew that God is good, and He would use my experience for His glory. Within a few months, I was pregnant for the third time.
God taught me that I needed to hold this child with open hands, because this child is in His hands. I may lose this child here on earth, but God is not going to lose His grip, so I need not be anxious.
Ultimately, I want His will to be done, and I trust that He can use any hardship I experience for His glory. Now that I have a one year-old son, it's even more difficult not to be anxious over him. This lesson is something I return to continually, so that I can be reminded to trust God, even with my son's life.
After all, God Himself loves us so much that He sent His own Son as a ransom for us.
Discussion Questions1. What uncertainty about your future is causing you to be anxious? What are you clinging to that you are anxious about losing?
2. Trust that God has everything safely in His hands. How can you start to hold your future and the things in your life with open hands because that is true?
3. What time can you set aside to talk to God? When you pray, do you start by thanking God for all the blessings in your life?
WEEKLY FAMILY ACTIVITY
August 13-17 (Philippians 1 - Colossians 1)
Read Philippians 2: 1-11.
• What does it mean to be selfish or to try to impress others?
• Why would those things go against what God would have you do?
• What, instead, does Paul say we should do? (verse 3 & 4)
• What would it look like in your own life to do those things?
• What did Christ do for you?
• How did He show humility?
• Is it easy for you to be humble, not seek everyone's approval, and to serve others above yourself?
Activity: At a family meeting, ask each person to identify someone to serve. For the person you identify, think about doing something that puts that person before yourself. Try to think of someone who cannot do anything for you in return!