Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7
Peace. This is a word that encompasses the whole world. We pray for peace. We look for peace. We strive for peace. Many times though we find that peace seems to be elusive.
With the school shootings, the terrorist attacks here in the U.S. and abroad, the abused children, the hungry, the homeless, and it goes on and on.
For us as individuals we desire to live a life of peace, to find peace in our everyday lives but it seems to be a difficult thing to achieve and experience. Why is that?
I believe that we are searching and striving for an immediate gratification of peace. The feeling that all is right in our world, everyone is happy and content and there is no hardship, trials, temptations or loss if we have true peace. That is a false and fleeting feeling of peace if we ever experience that,
The peace that is referenced in Philippians 4:4-7 has a much deeper meaning than what we can even begin to comprehend. It is the peace of God through Jesus Christ, it is trusting that God has things under control no matter how chaotic and out of control everything might seem to be.
Paul was in prison when he wrote these words about being joyful and to rejoice in the Lord always! Isn't that amazing? I mean how could he write about being joyful and rejoicing in the Lord while he was being held behind bars? It was because he trusted in God and believed in Jesus Christ and he prayed! When situations in our lives get overwhelming and seem hopeless, we must rejoice and be thankful! For our God is with us! Always!
Paul tells us to not be anxious about anything! First thing that goes through my mind is "easier said than done"! What we have to remember is that fear does not come from God! Fear and doubt come from Satan. Satan wants to draw us away from God, from Jesus Christ through distraction, worry, and fear. There is a song that I love entitled, "Fear, He Is a Liar" by Zach Williams
Let us not Fear!! Let us rest in the arms of Jesus and the power of God knowing that they go before us and are already taking care of each one of our problems!
God bless each and every one of you this day!