Sometimes life is anything but peaceful.
Not too long ago I found myself over committed and frazzled. I was racing to check things off my calendar, just to get a little peace. Peace was just out of reach because I couldn’t get everything done.
I was not living in God’s peace and my heart yearned for His peace.
But then Covid arrived, shutting everything down except for the news of not-so-good things happening in the world. As Christians, we were forced to find faith in the face of great fear. I was reminded yet again that we need to live in God’s peace.
It’s truly been a roller coaster where many different emotions were fighting for center stage; anxiety, stress, fear, anger, frustration, etc.
Do you ever have those days where you just need a little peace? I mean down-in-your-soul peace! Where you breathe deep knowing that things are truly alright?
If everything is going your way, a shallow form of peace may fill your heart. But, when everything has gone crazy, when the wheels come off the bus, or when your heart is shattered God’s peace transcends our circumstances. His peace is a gift. It’s a gift we can’t understand, that calms our heart when everything (or everyone) says we should be upset.
The cool thing about true peace, God’s peace, is that it’s always available. You just have to let it in. Only you can choose to live in God’s peace.
You can live in a frantic, frazzled pace and/or you can be surrounded by negativity but if you want peace, true peace, you need to practice embracing it every day. Getting closer to God on a daily basis is important for realizing peace.
In Philippians 4, we have clear instructions of how to empty our burdens and bask in God’s peace.
God’s peace is there waiting for us.
We can do this every day.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Be Still to Live in God’s Peace
When we sit quietly with God, He fills our hearts with many good things like peace. Verses like “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts” show that we must let this peace into our lives.
Simply put, we need to come before God and be still. The God of peace will be there waiting for you.
From Philippians 4:6-7, we are told to not be anxious but instead take everything to prayer. Share your worries with God. Empty your heart to Him. Sometimes I like to write this out because that can be easier than saying it out loud.
He wants to carry our load as seen in Matthew 11:28-30. You simply need to ask Him to do that.
A key part of Philippians 4:6-7 is two little words, “with thanksgiving.” Being thankful helps us understand that when make our requests with a thankful heart the peace of God will be ours.
No matter how difficult some days are, there is always something to be thankful for. Have you ever been around someone like this?
Maybe someone has experienced a death in their family but they still believe that God’s plan and purpose is being fulfilled. They are thankful for this and the peace they have is truly unexplainable. Often, they choose to be thankful for the time they shared with their loved one and ask God to help them through this season. Ultimately, God blessed them with peace.
This puts the responsibility on us. We must choose to not be anxious but through a thankful heart let God know our burdens.
Philippians 4:7 says that when we make our requests the peace of God will guard your hearts and minds.
My grandmother was like this. God was guarding her heart and mind because she didn’t carry her own burdens. She gave them to God and was thankful for the blessings she did have. God blessed her with true peace.
Think about God’s Good Things
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me – practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
When we empty out lives or minds of bad things we need to replace the empty space with something good.
Now what do we think about?
We don’t want to think about the worries that weighed us down before so we think about good things. But what does that mean?
From Philippians 4:8-9, we need to think about things that are –
When I think of these words my mind goes to Christ. There are many bad things in our daily lives. I can’t think of anything that truly fulfills all of these words except for Jesus.
To help you remember what things to think about I made a printable for you. There is a phone lock screen and an 8×10 that you can print to hang in your home or office.
His perfect life and His perfect love for us can be described with all of these adjectives.
If you have trouble thinking of something that fits these words, look in the Bible. Look for the character of God in the scripture. Simply the character of God will show what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, etc. A step further will be to look at what God has done for you and what He will do.
When I remove my worries and fill the space with things that are true, honorable, etc. my mind is at peace. My mind is guarded by God’s peace. When my mind and heart are guarded by God, He can really use us for His glory.
Do you struggle with worries? Are you searching for peace, true peace? Are you living in God’s peace daily?
Leave me a comment to let me know.