No matter what.
I admit the phrase use to bother me. Because it stirred questions in my soul.
Such as “No matter what!” means what exactly? Maybe to never back down. Or, never give up or give in. Perhaps, to keep going in the face of opposition or dire circumstances.
And I assumed the subject and context both played into the meaning. Still, if you are anything like me, the phrase conjures up a lot of unknowns.
And even a few knowns we’d rather not deal with.
So I put together a list of God’s truths and promises in five areas.
I searched for the exact phrase in Scripture and found it in The Living Bible Translation. Some of my favorite Scriptures translated with such powerful words.
Because some things matter. And some things matter most.
No Matter What
(1.) No matter what today brings. Trust in God’s strength and love.
“Patience develops strength of character in us and helps us trust God more each time we use it until finally our hope and faith are strong and steady. Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love” Romans 5:4-5.
(2.) No matter what tomorrow holds. Claim God’s promises and praise His name.
“I will praise the Lord no matter what happens. I will constantly speak of his glories and grace” Psalm 34:1.
(3.) No matter what sickness lies in our body or injuries pierce our soul. Seek healing from Jesus.
“As the sun went down that evening, all the villagers who had any sick people in their homes, no matter what their diseases were, brought them to Jesus; and the touch of his hands healed every one!” Luke 4:40.
(4.) No matter what accolades we receive or our earthly status. Bask in the light of Jesus’ glory.
“In this new life one’s nationality or race or education or social position is unimportant; such things mean nothing. Whether a person has Christ is what matters, and he is equally available to all” Colossians 3:11.
(5.) No matter what we do in life or for God’s kingdom. Live in a manner worthy of His calling.
“Asking that the way you live will always please the Lord and honor him, so that you will always be doing good, kind things for others, while all the time you are learning to know God better and better. We are praying, too, that you will be filled with his mighty, glorious strength so that you can keep going no matter what happens—always full of the joy of the Lord” Colossians 1:10-11.
What Matters Most
So, in the end, it boils down to life in Christ now and life in heaven later. Anything of eternal significance and our witness in Christ trumps things of lesser value. The bottom line for Christians is our subject and context. Jesus = our subject. Eternal = our context.
Why never back down? Jesus.
Why never give up or give in? Jesus.
How to keep going in the face of opposition or dire circumstances? Jesus.
What matters most? Jesus.
And why no matter what? Jesus.
Why we never back down, give in or give up, and keep going in the face of opposition and dire circumstances. Jesus.