amidst the worry .

I’ve been amidst a storm lately, physically, spiritually and emotionally. Today I heard something that encouraged me. Here it goes..

Philippians 4:6-9: “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. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”

I’ve read these verses countless of times over the years however today they totally stood out. With the things going on in my life at the moment, circumstances have produced many emotions, with uncertainty at the core. It’s very easy to pray over our circumstances and ask God to take control, but I admit I find it a lot harder to then let go and trust God. There’s a quote I was reminded of:

“the future is a place where God already is”.

This reinforces the fact that God is all knowing and that He has a plan for us. As God’s children we are asked to have a spirit that is steadfast in faith.

Hebrews 11.1 tells us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen”.

To attain God’s peace that surpasses all understanding, we need to stand firm in our faith – this means not being shaken by worry. When we submit our worries to God in prayer, He asks us to do so with a heart of thanksgiving. I don’t know about you, but I sometimes struggle to praise God and thank Him for my circumstances, especially when I am hurt or my circumstances aren’t what I’d hoped they’d be.

However, once I have praised God and thanked Him it is easier to gain a new perspective and see how God uses our circumstances to bring glory to His name. With Gods peace guarding our hearts, there is no room for worry or uncertainty.

– c x

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