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October 7, 2019

Whatever Happens

“Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel.” (Philippians 1:27)

Why doesn’t the verse read  “when all is going well,” or “when everyone likes me,” or “when I have no problems?” It doesn’t read that way because life is not like that. Each of us will face “whatever happens” moments in life…positive moments and negative. So what do you do?

First, we have to trust in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 is my "go to" verse. When things go cattywampus around me, I immediately bring that verse to my mind. It brings me a sense of peace. I trust the Lord knows best for me. I trust the Lord can walk me through both my challenges and successes. 

Next, praise the Lord. Throughout Scripture we see God inhabiting the praises of His people. When life is tough, praise the Lord. When life is going well, praise the Lord. In all things, praise the Lord!

Finally, if you are trusting in the Lord and praising the Lord, ask yourself “Am I walking in the Lord?” When we face both struggles and successes, what are our actions through during such times? Do your speech and your actions go hand in hand?

What happens when trusting, praising and walking in the Lord go together? Paul reminds the Philippians through their response he will be reminded of their faithfulness and example. That same model applies to us. When we see people go through those “whatever happens” moments, we are amazed at the witness we see from people who are grounded in the Lord. The reverse is true as well.

Question: Are you facing “whatever happens” moments?

Challenge: How are you living through them? Is God being glorified by how you are handling your moments?

Prayer: Father, help me to glorify You in the “whatever happens” moments in my life. May my response to those moments point people to You. Help me to stand firm in faith, in the one Spirit. Amen.

Craig Stout, Chapel Leader -- Princeton Rays

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