God’s Peace Is What We Need
I want to be honest with everyone. Sometimes, even as Christ followers, we don’t always have good days.
The struggles of life, the people we deal with, financial issues, family dynamics, and the transitions in life we all face, plus about a million other things Satan uses to blast us, can drag us down and cause us to look at life from the bottom up. Everyone has days or even seasons like this. For some it is more serious than others as they struggle with depression or anxiety. These are very real issues that we should be aware of and sensitive to. For those of us having a bad day or struggling with being pressed in on by the weight of the world, God has much to say that should build us up. I often refer to the end of Paul’s letter to the Philippians for a recharge …
Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
Paul makes it pretty clear here what our attitudes should be like…
- Rejoice in the Lord. If you have nothing else, your faith says you have HIM. Isn’t Jesus enough to satisfy you?
- Treat others well. It will make you feel better. Positive interaction with those around us is often the solution to our blues. Satan wants us to isolate ourselves so he can continue to work on us.
- If you are anxious…PRAY! I know it seems to simple, but it works.
- Think about what is good. Sometimes I am sure that what leads to our doldrums is that we have taken our eyes off what God has done for us and began to look at what Satan is doing to us. If we always have in our vision our blessings, realizing that they are gifts from God and it is our goal to give Him glory with the good things He has given us, it will be difficult not to be thankful and in good spirits. This is God’s plan for His people.
Paul says TWICE at the end of this section, once in verse 7 and again in verse 9, that God’s PEACE will be ours. Isn’t that what we are lacking when our days are a mess and we worry about the various struggles afoot? God’s PEACE is what we need to see the world through His eyes. God’s PEACE is what we need to recalibrate our attitudes and count our blessings. God’s PEACE is what we need so that we can the people He called us to be and point a hurting world back to Him. Heed Paul’s advice and you can take a bad day and turn it into a blessing…to you, to others, and to God.
See you Sunday,