"And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."
Philippians 4:7 (NRSV)
Prodigal Thoughts: Are you frustrated or angry? I’m sure we’ve all been there at some point. If you work where I work (and some of you do), you know that being at peace can seem nearly impossible at times. Then there are the stressors like home-life, lack of social interaction, vehicle issues, or anything else that could get our blood pressure up. What do you do to combat things that try to steal your peace? (I’d really like to know.) Some things I’ve done before are taking a walk, closing my eyes for a moment and breathing deeply, taking a moment to pray, reading or remembering scripture, or even playing the guitar (hard to do at work though). Each person has to find their own things to overcome what is eating away at your peace. God understands our situation. I’m sure He knows what it is like to not be at peace. Philippians 4:5b says, "The LORD is near." You are never alone. God is with you, His Spirit is alive in your soul. When there seems to be a lack of peace, know that the Holy Spirit is there, waiting for you to pray. Don’t lose hope. If nothing else, you can pray Exodus 14:14, "God will fight for you, you only need to be at peace (be still)."
Prayer for today: I pray that we wouldn’t be rattled by those around us who try to rob us of our peace. That we would take each moment in stride, knowing that this moment will not last forever. I pray that God’s presence will fill us to overflowing and the Holy Spirit would be actively guarding our hearts.
If you need prayer, please reply and I will pray for you. If you would like to talk about this verse or have questions, I’m always open for your feedback.
God’s grace on you…