What does this passage mean to you?
BLOG: Do you know the story about the Three Little Pigs and The Big Bad Wolf?
"The Three Little Pigs is a fable about three pigs who build three houses of different materials. A Big Bad Wolf blows down the first two pigs' houses, made of straw and sticks respectively, but is unable to destroy the third pig's house, made of bricks. Printed versions date back to the 1840s, but the story itself is thought to be much older." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Three_Little_Pigs
Fear is a reality, and you need it. It is supposed to keep you from making stupid mistakes. But after watching some YouTube fail videos, I have to question what people were or were not thinking. That takes me back to my three little pigs.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
Now there are several lessons to learn from the Three Little Pigs. So if you think of a few more than I mention, please feel free to post them in the comments below.
If the Big Bad Wolf is fear (which it is), know that it will show up at your door. It is not a matter of if it will? It is a matter of when. Do not be anxious about anything. You don't have to panic if you have prepared.
The first two pigs built a house of straw and sticks. Yes, it would keep the rain out (kind of) and the sun off of them (mostly), but they couldn't hold up in a stiff breeze. ". . . but in everything by prayer and supplication. . ." Take the time to prepare for fears arrival. Ask Jesus to prepare your heart to make the right response when bad news arrives at your doorstep.
Hang on to what you know will work. The third pig built a house out of brick because he knew it would stand up to the elements and dangers it would face. ". . . with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God." One of the hardest things for the followers of Jesus to do is believe in His promises. We claim them, but when it comes time to own them, we tend to back off. (We think we don't deserve them or fail to have faith.) We give thanks even when the Big Bad Wolf comes because fear cannot cancel out the promises of God.
And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus Fear will not rule!!!
PRAY: Dear Jesus, prepare me to face my fears today. AMEN