ANXIETY OR PEACE? (2)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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 4:5-6).

Do you ever feel anxious when you have an urgent need and there is nothing you can do about it?  God knows we can’t, but He can.  He gives unshakeable peace during anxious moments to those who trust Him—at times even before the storm. 

He gave it to Gideon, who in turn, built an altar and named it Jehovah-shalom, The Lord is Peace (Judges 6:24).  He gave it to David as he stood before Goliath.  He gave it to Jesus after His agony in the Garden as the Cross lunged before Him. 

It is comforting to know that such things are in our Father’s hands.  Our inability to do anything about a problem is matched by our confidence in God, for whom all things are possible.

Because of Sarah’s doubt and fear, she had forfeited peace that she could have had in God’s wonderful promise to her (Genesis 21:1-2).  Peace is the by-product of trust in God.  The way to bring peace to a troubled heart is to focus on His promises and faithfulness. 

In essence, our fears and anxieties reveal the areas in our life that are not under the Spirit’s control.  This means we have not invited Jesus into a relationship, our finances, vocation, health issues, etc.  Our heart (desires) and actions (our hands) must be working together toward the same goal, or stress and disharmony will steal our peace.

The antidote for anxiety is to come to God in prayer about everything.  Spend time meditating on Paul’s words in Philippians 4:5-6 if you are seeking peace today.  Thank Him for His past faithfulness, and thank Him that He is in control of every situation—even yours.  Especially yours.

If you have big problems, God is bigger.  Great trials?  He is greater.  Nothing is too big for Him to handle or too small to escape His attention.   Just lean on His everlasting arms.

“When you realize that nothing happens apart from His awareness, direction, and loving purpose, it becomes possible to lay down worry and fear and truly experience His peace.”—Charles Stanley

What have I to dread, what have I to fear,

Leaning on the everlasting arms?

I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,

Leaning on the everlasting arms. –Elisha A Hoffman