In our culture of high stress, constant bombardment of bad news, and the reality of an uncertain future, the emotions of worry, stress, anxiety and fear run at a high pace. Peace is highly attractive and seemingly unattainable, but how do we Christians attain and live in a state of peace?
This morning I was reading in Philippians 4 and was struck by two different ways to peace.
“…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6-7)
“What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me — practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” (Phil. 4:9)
So there are two ways to dwell in peace from this passage:
- Take our pressures, difficulties and trials to God in prayer and
- Practice the Christian life.
Doing these then, Paul says the God of peace will be with us and guard our hearts and minds in Christ. What pressures, worries, or fears do you have today? Take them to Him.
Amazed at His peace,