THE JOY OF PEACE
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Do you tend to worry or feel stressed out a lot of the time, or live in a state of constant anxiety? Well, I can definitely tell you, that when I was younger I had many stressful days and sleepless nights. You see even though I was a Christian, and I prayed and read my Bible almost daily, I still worried when I felt like things were out of my control.
Over the years as I continued to spend time studying my Bible, and growing in the knowledge of God and His character, I truly came to realize that He can always be trusted no matter my circumstance. As I look back over my past, I can clearly see that time after time, He came through for me, and usually in ways that far exceeded my expectation.
It is our human nature to want to be in control of our circumstances, but I am here to tell you, that we are not in control of anything at all. God runs the show, and He is the boss of you and me, and the sooner we realize that the more we can relax and live the peaceful life that He intended for us to live.
To live a life free of worry, stress, and anxiety, is to live a peaceful life, and the only way to have that life is to spend time with the Prince of Peace, God Himself. He will give you peace in the midst of your storms, He will give you peace when the rest of this chaotic world is going crazy.
When you are wearing this peace that passes all understanding, others will know that God truly has imparted it to you. They will notice that you go through life happy and joyful. They will notice that you are smiling when most would be crying. They will also notice that you don’t sweat the small stuff and rarely will anyone be able to rattle your cage because you are trusting God to work out your difficult situations.
The true joy of peace is being ok with whatever God’s will is for your life and knowing beyond a shatter of doubt that that His love for you, will only allow Him to do what is best for you at all times. So continue spending time with the Prince of Peace and before you know it, you will be at peace.
Are you currently lacking peace in some area of your life right now? Below I have listed some scriptures on the peace that are sure to bring you comfort.
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
1st Peter 5:7
7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
28 “Come to Me, all [a]who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is [b]easy and My burden is light.”
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 4: 8
In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.
2nd Thessalonians 3:16
16 Now the Lord of peace himself give you peace always by all means. The Lord be with you all.
Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed,
yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,”
says the Lord, who has compassion on you.
Isaiah 9: 6
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.
The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called:
Wonderful Counselor,[a] Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.