God’s peace

Philippians 4:6-7 NLT

God’s peace is a wonderful thing. It comes when we commit our lives to Christ and live by the principles laid out in the Bible. When we ‘commit’ something to the Lord, we transfer every part of it from us to Him. So when we commit our problems to Him, we are handing them over. And He exchanges the stress and hurt for His peace. The Bible says: ‘Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you’ (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). His peace, and willingness to listen, isn’t only available for the big problems. We can give Him the smaller stuff too. He cares for us, and He wants us to turn to Him with everything. As soon as we become aware that we are starting to worry and lose our sense of peace, we need to take it to God immediately and then leave it with Him. It can be so tempting to hand things over to Him, and then take them back again because we want to try and fix things and feel in control. That might give us temporary peace, but long-lasting and true peace only comes through relying on, and trusting, Him. In Isaiah 26, it says: ‘You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you’ (v.3 NIV). It can be easier said than done to avoid continually thinking about our problems. So what can we do? 1) Give it to God and then start to focus on other things. 2) Find out what God says in His Word about the situation. Then line our thoughts, words, and actions up with it. When we are confident that we can trust God and that He cares about us, we will be able to hand our problems over and experience His peace.

2 Sam 20:1-22:30; John 4:1-12; Ps 100; Prov 23:22-28