Do you ever find that you’re trundling along happily through life, everything ticking over just the way it should, when suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, it feels as though one small thing triggers another small thing and before you know it, it’s an avalanche! Your peace-filled little world is now a massive storm.
As Christians we aren’t exempt from problems but we do have a ‘secret weapon’ that prepares us and enables us through life’s roughest storms – it’s called Peace.
Peace is Jesus’ Gift to Us.
This is what Jesus told his disciples, as he prepared himself and them, for his impending crucifixion: “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 troubled or afraid. John 14:27
Peace isn’t something we have to fight and struggle for, or pray and beg God for; He has already given it – peace of mind and heart is already freely available to the child of God.
Life happens – Of course we all know that just because we are Christians doesn’t mean we will be exempt from the normal ‘stuff’ of life, but we have this gift of peace that enables us to stand, rock solid in life’s storms!
How to Find This Peace in Every Storm
How can I experience peace when my world has turned upside down and inside out? – By fixing my thoughts on God. It sounds simple, but that’s because it is.
I don’t know about you, but when I’m in the middle of one of those times in life when everything seems to be kicking off at once around me, it feels as though I can’t see past the great big looming problem. My thoughts start racing, I toss and turn at night. But Isaiah reminds us to take our thoughts off our issues and fix them with confidence on God. And when I do this, every time without fail, I am flooded with the peace of God.
“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” Isaiah 26:3
If you are facing a storm today and are wondering what happened to your peace, here are some steps you can take to refocus and fix your thoughts: *Open and read your Bible, reminding yourself of God’s promises, both to you and to his children collectively. *Remember all the times He has come through for you. *Focus on His greatness, His power, His might! – and watch those anxieties get smaller. I have added some scriptures below to help get you started.
Above, I quoted Isaiah 26:3 But here are a few other, lesser quoted scriptures from that same chapter:
“Our city is strong! We are surrounded by the walls of God’s salvation.”
“But for those who are righteous, the way is not steep and rough. You are a God who does what is right, and you smooth out the path ahead of them.”
“Lord, you will grant us peace; all we have accomplished is really from you.” (Isaiah 26:1,7,12)
And then there’s Psalm 94:18-19 “I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.”
And Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”