I will readily admit, there are a lot of things and people in this world that I do nut understand. I don’t understand how if we are continually told we should eat healthy supermarket chains continue to raise prices on foods that will allow a person to do so. I don’t understand how some businesses treat people like commodities rather than a living, breathing person made in God’s own image. Most of all, I do not understand how God can look at me, see my past and see some of the rotten and messed up things I’ve done, and still love me. And if you are like me, you also wonder this very question about God.
Today’s reading comes from Philippians 4:6 where it says:
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
While this is a wonderful Scripture verse for anyone who constantly worries and a great formula for handling any situation we may come across, my heart was immediately drawn to the subsequent verse:
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Now looking at these two verses separately, they are things we should be doing and looking for, praying to God and letting our requests be known to Him and seeking His peace. That’s the key here…God’s peace. As I’ve said many times before, we are people, human, limited, therefore, while we walk this earth, we will be troubled by it. But there is a way to get through that trouble. Lay it all before Him in prayer.
One of the most powerful weapons we have against the enemy is prayer. In the Old Testament, whenever Israel was steadfast in their prayer life, they prospered. Contrast that with their captivities where they would get away from prayer and get into trouble. But let’s make it more personal shall we? When you are praying regularly, having your conversations with God and just talking to Him and asking Him to do as He will, you ever get this strange calm where everything just melts away and the problems or whatever you were talking to Him about, doesn’t seem so big anymore. Yes, my friend, that is God’s peace. I opened with things I didn’t understand and honestly, this phenomenon is one of them. The issues are still there, but the anxiousness and worry about it are simply gone. And that is what it means to have God’s peace and we don’t have to understand it, just accept it.