“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.” Phil.4.8-9
Reading these words this week, my thoughts immediately turned to the many examples of men and women at present carrying out amazing acts of dedication and commitment, putting their own lives on the line and giving beyond themselves in the care of other people – excellent and praiseworthy indeed! Let’s pray that their dedication; their compassion; their thoughtfulness is never forgotten but remains firmly amongst the excellent and praiseworthy things we ‘think about’ often.
It’s frequently only when we look back on situations, or particular times in life that we can clearly see how God has been at work and in control. Only looking back do we actually become aware of His faithful presence with us and of the bright rays of light He has brought into the darkest moments. Often only in retrospect can we clearly identify incidents where He has worked through others to bring encouragement and reassurance into our own lives – maybe by a small act of kindness or a few words of encouragement.
Let’s pray that when we can eventually look back on this very strange period in our lives, we will actually be able to identify very clearly how God has been at work not only in our individual lives but throughout the world. Let’s pray that the current indication of increasing numbers of people turning to prayer is not merely a temporary phenomenon but is the start of a huge turning back to Father God so that all will come to know of His great love for them.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3.16.