Despite your brokenness, wouldn’t you like to have peace that others envy?
Regardless of all the stuff going on in your marriage or your family, wouldn’t you like to experience peace that defies all understanding?
Even with everything happening in our country and in the world, wouldn’t you love to have crazy-outrageous faith?
Consider this example:
Think about the last high school or family reunion you attended. Wasn’t it fun to spend time with people you hadn’t seen in years? Yet at the same time, perhaps you felt a little insecure – especially if you’ve been through some dark seasons.
When we’re at an event like this, it’s hard not to compare ourselves to others’ accomplishments and seemingly perfect lives. Or (especially for us ladies) to wonder how she managed to stay so skinny or look so young? 😉
But what if, during the years between our get-togethers, we allowed God to transform our lives so our conversation and perspective reflected so much joy and peace that others would want what we have?
Think what kind of impression it would make, especially to those who were aware of the struggles we’ve experienced. Imagine those around us taking note of something more desirable than looks and success.
Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV) says,
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.
I’m not suggesting we show up at social events and begin preaching. I’m suggesting we live in such a way that our lives reflect our faith.
When we practice going to our heavenly Father in every situation (with our hearts filled with gratitude for the generous love He has for us) something beautiful happens: Our countenance reflects the peace of God.
We aren’t pretending or giving the false impression that our life is without pain, even sometimes devastating pain. On the contrary, we’re sharing truthfully from the perspective of someone who knows we’re not alone in our circumstances – because God loves us and is at work in our lives.
Perhaps, rather than worrying about being the most successful or the best looking, we can become the envy of all by developing a faith that brings with it a peace beyond understanding.
A peace so great that others will want it, too.
What do you think?
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This is a good word Sheryl. And it is only from God we get joy unspeakable through our circumstances.
Amen!! Unspeakable joy, indeed!! Thank you, Barbara. And thank you so much for sharing this devotion on your Facebook page.
God’s prefect peace is a blessing. To know I can call out to him at any time. Either rejoicing in what has happened or,when I need him to carry me through the moment!
Hello, Susan. It’s so nice to see you again on Today Can Be Different.
I love your comment – especially the last sentence. Thank you for reminding us to rejoice in what has already happened and when we need God to carry us through the moment.
I so agree: God’s perfect peace is a blessing!!
Love this so much! Thank yoh❤
I’m so glad, Judy. Thank you!!
It’s nice seeing you again on Today Can Be Different!!
Sheryl, You have a unique way of describing the issues many of us suffer from! Thank you so much for your BLOG – I agree that there is tremendous inner peace to be had for those who follow God. So often I have had people ask me how I can be so calm in times of anxiety. I have learned to give all of my problems and cares to God and let Him know I know He has a plan and that I am ready and willing to do my part.
Thank you, Wanda, for the compliment. (Please pray as I continue to write.)
I love your comment!
AND … it was great seeing you at our Ladies Accountability Group yesterday.
I love that we can find peace in God regardless of our circumstances.
Me too. I so love that about God.