Philippians 4:6,7 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
All around us we find turmoil of some kind. Whether it is in the form of crime, war, or hurricanes, peace is not the norm for many people. Others find nothing but turmoil when they go in to work. Cursing, yelling, talking about you behind your back, etc., all leads to a lack of both outer and inner peace. Driving to and from work does not help much, either, or taking a bus or subway.
In spite of all the problems surrounding us and in the world, we are reminded to think of the inner peace that Christ had. It was incredible. When accused, or confronted, He responded with kindness. Make no mistake about it, He vehemently hated sin and its effects, especially when others were turned away from Him because of it. He even made a whip and overturned tables because God’s house was being defiled by greed. Still, He never lost control – even when wrongly being nailed to a Cross, He forgave those doing it.
The verse for today gives us a clue as to how we can have His peace – even in turmoil. Jesus said that He would give us His peace, in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
Peace is a fruit of the Spirit, and when we are in fellowship with God, peace will be there. We can help keep it there by bringing all the things that bother us to the Lord. What should we bring to Him? Big things only? No, we are to bring anything that concerns us, or causes us worry us, to Him. He said: “Be careful for nothing.”
As believers, the more we learn to bring to Him, the more we will see that He really does want us to be concerned about nothing – because He can handle it. He does want you to ask Him about it, though, and tell Him. Why tell Him? Is it because He does not know? No, it’s because He wants you to learn to pray and talk to Him often. He enjoys it when you do, just like any parent likes their children to talk to them. When you do, and in faith leave it with Him, you will discover that in the place of worry, He will put His peace that even passes our ability to understand it. Nothing can shake it.
Are there concerns you need to bring to Him that are disturbing your peace now?