Sunday, October 7, 2018
He IS Peace
“He IS Peace”
By Zach Wood
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be trouble or afraid.
After reading this passage the other day for my morning devotional time, I thought about all the worries, concerns and things I have been anxious about lately in my life. As I pondered this passage, I prayed to God for peace.
Perhaps I’m not alone with this feeling? Do some of you need peace in your life right now because of all the worries, concerns and anxious thoughts? I think it is safe to say that most of us have lives full of challenges, whatever they may be. We seem to find ourselves consumed every day with so many concerns, worries and anxious thoughts.
I have to admit that I have always been one to worry and be anxious about things that haven’t even happened. I struggle often with the “What if?” questions. I really wish I was a person who didn’t worry and become anxious, but we all have bad habits that we wish didn’t consume us.
This passage was a great reminder to me that I need His peace more than ever. I not only need His peace, but I need to learn to let go of trying to control life with my worry and anxious thoughts and just rest in Him. I wrestle often with worries and concerns about being a Godly husband, father and servant as well as health and financial concerns.
I am so thankful that I read this passage because I really needed it! I’m wondering if many of you are also feeling chaos in life because you are weighted down by the worries and concerns of life? The more we worry and become anxious, the more we become stressed out. We all know that feeling and it is not fun.
I would like to share a prayer with you as I end. I hope it brings comfort to you and some ideas of how you can continue to pray and lift worries and concerns to Him.
God, I need Your peace right now to calm my fears, worries, concerns and anxious thoughts. You not only give peace, but You are peace. Only You can give me the peace I need to get through the challenges I am experiencing in life. God, please fill me with a peace that the world cannot give me. Let me be totally consumed with Your peace that can calm my soul. I don’t want to worry, be afraid, be concerned or be overwhelmed with anxiety. Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, please give me a peace of mind and heart so that I can learn to better submit to You and surrender everything so that I am not holding on to these things. Help me to rest in Your peace.