The alarm goes off and immediately I’m struck with a feeling of dread. There’s so much to get done today and not enough time to do it all. Stress takes over and fills my heart with worry.
We’re all running the race against the clock. Work or school, church obligations, finding time to spend with family and friends, that emergency that pops up in the middle of an already busy day and a million other little things. There just never seems to be enough hours in the day. Somehow we manage to get most of it done. Maybe not everything, but the most important priorities get checked off the to-do list. The rest will be waiting for us tomorrow when we get up and do it all over again.
Does this sound like your life? Are you at the end of your rope? Are you wondering how you’re going to make it through yet another crazy, busy day?
There’s a better way. Instead of that stressful, chaotic day, we can have a peaceful day. Peace may be the last thing we’re thinking about when its crunch time. But at the end of the day, when our head hits the pillow, peace is what we all want.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
I must have read this verse a thousand times over the years. But this time, when I read it, God whispered something to me. It hit me like a ton of bricks. “What rules your heart?”
Unfortunately, for me, the answer always seems to be stress and worry. I guess I’m a bit of a worry wart. But all of that worry gets me nowhere fast. It makes me feel like a hamster on my little hamster wheel and there’s no way off. And the worst part is, all that stress and worry keeps me from experiencing the lasting peace of Christ.
And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you? You men of little faith!
When Jesus spoke these words, He knew that I would be a worrier. He knew that I needed to be reminded of God’s love and peace. So, why am I worrying and stressing when God has promised to take care of me? I don’t know! It just happens and then I have to take a step back and realize that I don’t need to worry. I can trust God. If He cares about the grass and the flowers, then surely He’s going to get me through today.
Maybe for you, it’s not worrying but something else that is keeping you from having the peace of Christ. It could be a family drama, work problems, troubled relationships, fear of failure, a longing for something different in life or one of the many other things that pull us apart. Whatever it is, Jesus wants you to have the peace that only He can offer.
So, how can we find peace?
If you are a Christian, then you already have peace in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself is peace! And He gives us His peace! The Amplified Bible describes this kind of peace as “an inner calm”. Isn’t that what we all want? To have an inner calm when life hits us hard? To feel peace in the midst of chaos? This peace is a spiritual peace that comes from the confidence of knowing Jesus.
Emotional peace, that feeling of peace we are looking for in the chaos of life is more elusive. But we can find it by doing these two, simple things.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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It seems so simple, yet, when we’re in the thick of it, it’s so hard. We get caught up in everything else that we need to do and forget to make time to spend with Jesus. But if we want to experience the peace of Christ we need to choose to make Jesus the focus of our life and walk with Him every day. When we do that, the peace we are looking for will come.