“6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be known to God; 7 and the PEACE of God that surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.” Philippians 4:6-7
“39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace, be still” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:39
“10 Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalms 46:10
“22 Cast your burden on the Lord, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalms 55:22
All too often in life we seem to be overwhelmed and things seem to be out of control. We feel like we are stretched too thin and we just can’t seem to take it anymore. Everything seems to be crashing around us and we just can’t grab hold of anything.
When we find ourselves in these situations we begin to rely on our own strength to accomplish things. We feel that, even though, it seems like too much that if we just keep pushing that it will all work out, that the storms we are in will make us stronger, or that we were made for storms like this.
But in these storms our best response is to seek the peace of God. For where there is peace and where there is calm, there is also the presence of a sound mind. When things are not moving at high speeds we are able to make decisions based on what we hear from God as opposed to the pressures and anxieties of the world.
As we begin to slow down and take a step back we allow a space and time for God to move and manifest Himself in our lives and in our situations. And the more of God that we allow in our lives in situations the less of us that is needed to accomplish the plans and the goals that He has set out for us.
The Bible shares three requirements that we must satisfy before we can live with a peace that surpasses all understanding.
Be anxious for nothing:
In other words, don’t worry. We serve a God whose plans and purpose for us is not to fail but to prosper. When we spend time worrying about how things will happen we take our faith from God and begin to look at the problem. Instead we need to set our eyes on God and realize that we serve a God who is bigger than anything and everything that we could possibly face.
Pray about everything:
God cares even about the little things. From the big to the small, God cares about the issues that concern us. When we are upset, sad, angry, confused, or worried God cares. Through prayer we are able to communicate, our frustrations, our cares, and our worries, to a God who cares deeply about how we feel.
Even in the midst of our storms we must continue to give thanks to God who has continuously brought us out of situations and circumstances in our past. We know that we serve a faithful God, “…He who began a good work in your will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus…” Philippians 1:6. He will never leave or forsake us and at the end of the day even if He does no more for us, He has given us the greatest gift of salvation and we are to be eternally grateful for the sacrifice of His only son.