How To Be Joyful in Problems

"Rejoice in the Lord, I will say it again, rejoice!" (Philippians 4:4 NIV)

  1. Say "NOW what??"

    • Now what do You want me to do, God?
    • Now what is God's purpose?
    • Now what does God want to show me?
    • Now what does God want to do through this?

    "Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly." (Philippians 1:12-14)

  2. Say "SO what?"
    "It is true that some preach Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. The latter do so in love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former preach Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely, supposing that they can stir up trouble for me while I am in chains. (Philippians 1:15-18)

    BUT WHAT DOES IT MATTER? The important thing is that in every way, whether from false motives or true, Christ is preached. And because of this I rejoice."

    • Tis gar plen - What does it matter?

    "So what!"

    • So what. Will this matter 100 years from now?
    • So what. Is this really what's most important right now?