It Could Be Worse


Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

            Murphy’s Law says, “When you think it can’t get any worse; it usually does.” Things run down, wear out, and deteriorate. Society is worse. Families are worse. Government is worse. But to be optimistic about it: if it is going to get worse then things are better now than they are going to be so…

            We should rejoice that it is not worse. Verse four uses the word “alway” which means “at all times,” and “in every kind of way.” Your health could be worse. Your job could be worse. Your family could be worse. Your finances could be worse. You could be going to hell instead of heaven, in pain instead of peace, experience loss instead of reward, and agony instead of comfort. It could be worse. Rejoice that it’s not!

            Quit worrying and start praying. There are many “jigsaw Christians.” Every time they are faced with a problem they go to pieces. Instead of worrying pray. It could be worse. Pray!

            Change your focus. It is not worse yet! Quit worrying about things you cannot change. Quit looking at this wicked world and our fallen nation. Fill your mind and heart with things that are true…honest…just…pure…lovely and of good report. Things are bad but you don’t have to wallow in it! It could be worse!

            Finally you need to learn to be content. God could have given you what you deserve! You could have been born in another country. Your situation could be worse. We need to thank God and learn to be content with the lives He has given us because it could be so much worse!

            We need to rejoice (vs. 4), request (vs. 6), reflect (vss. 8-9), and relearn (vss. 10-13). How is your attitude? Are you grateful or grumbly? Remember – It could be worse!