Conditional Peace

SCRIPTURE

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.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)

OBSERVATION

THEN… that word that sticks out to me like a flashing strobe light. This verse reminds me that peace is conditional. It’s like walking into a dark room expecting the lights to come on just because you walked in. It doesn’t work like that. There’s light available but you have to go and turn the light switch to activate the light. There’s all the power you need to keep those lights on indefinitely, but you have to do your part so the power to do its part. God’s peace is a lot like that. There’s all the peace you need during troubling times. However, you cannot expect it to continually wash over you just because you exist. Actually, many of us are doing the equivalent of going over to the light switching and actively pushing it down instead of up. We do this by focusing on all the “what if’s” and “what could happens” of life.

God’s peace is available but we must do our part. This verse says our part is to actively think about what we think about. Focus our thoughts and discipline our minds not to focus on the worst case scenarios but to focus on God’s ability to overcome any obstacle we face.

APPLICATION

  • I will think about what I think about.
  • I will actively pursue peace by doing my part.
  • I will turn all my worry into a reminder to pray.

PRAYER

“Today, I focus my attention on You. I turn every worry into a prayer. I remember that, because of You, all things are possible.”

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