Most days, the staff and I start off the day with prayer. It helps set the tone of office but also helps us focus on what is most important. One morning, a prayer went something like this: ‘God, we thank you that you are our provision. We thank you for your providence in our lives. And Father, we thank you for your constant and consistent presence.” As we finished praying, three ‘P-words’ lingered in my mind: Provision. Providence. Presence. Let’s take a small glimpse at each.
1. Provision: it is defined as the ‘act of providing or supplying something for use.’ Philippians 4:19 declares, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
2. Providence: It is defined as “the foreseeing care and guidance of God over the earth.’ Nehemiah 9:6 reads, “You alone are the Lord. You have made the heavens, the earth and all that is on it, the seas and all that is in them. You give life to all of them…”
3. Presence: It is defined as, “the fact or condition of being present.’ Zephaniah 3:17 states, “The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior; He will sing over you with joy and He will be quiet in His love.”
Personally, as I continue to learn to trust in His provision; as I begin to understand His providence and as I start to enjoy His presence – the 4th P-word begins to emerge in my life. That P-word is Peace. For me, peace on a daily basis just does not happen. It can easily fade in and out. With the many demands that come at me each day, it is easy to lose focus and start to be anxious – to not trust in His provision, to doubt His providence, to not stop and recognize His presence. My daily goal is to have the ‘peace of God that not only passes understanding but also guards my heart and mind.’ If that is my desire, to obtain the 4th P-word, then I must decide to be disciplined. From that, as the other three P-words take root in my life, that initial desire will be turned into delight. And is not peace delightful?
To read about the 4-D’s (desire-decision-discipline-delight), click here.