Peace is often an elusive concept. “What if,” “if only,” and “should have” dominate our minds. We start projects and rush toward unattainable deadlines. We plead for more hours in our days and long for rest. Our failures haunt us. Our dreams elude us. There’s no time to exercise, no time to study, and no time to pray. Our minds are a tangled mess. We inhale coffee, chocolate, sodas, and cookies in our efforts to find relief. In this state of perpetual stress, we are constantly on edge, our hearts race, our blood pressure rises, our energy plummets, and our anxiety soars.
My friend, this should not be! God promises a better way. He promises a peace that passes all understanding, a peace that rules our hearts and our minds.
Now imagine this day. We rise in the morning, maybe even a little earlier than usual, and take our schedule, our projects, and our worries to our Heavenly Father knowing in our hearts that He’ll manage each one. We ask for help while at the same time thanking Him for each situation. We ask forgiveness for our lack of trust. As we face each new situation and tackle each new task, we ask for time and wisdom to address each one. We trust God to show us which jobs to do, which ones to delegate, and which jobs really don’t need to be done at all. We allow His Spirit to lead us in every situation because we know His way is best. As we learn to lean more on Him and less on ourselves our faith begins to grow, our hours seem to multiply, and His peace takes root in our hearts. We automatically reach for His Word for inspiration and comfort instead reaching for a chocolate bar. We discover we really do have time to exercise and we make better food choices. Peace that generates energy and fuels us throughout the day replaces the energy-draining stress that was once a constant companion. We begin to enjoy life: our families, our friends, our churches, our Lord, and even our jobs, because with God all things are possible.
The choice is yours, Friend. Which day will you choose?
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. Philippians 4:6-7