What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that word?
A tranquil place?
There are so many things that the word peace can bring to mind. Because of this, it can be hard to understand what the Bible means when it talks about the peace of God. Paul writes:
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
My family is going through some pretty big changes right now. There are a lot of details that need to happen in order for everything to work out. In all of this, it is really easy for me to worry about every little detail and how it is all going to work out. However, I have found that being anxious has never helped in any way. If anything, it always makes things worse.
I have come to understand that if I pray about what is worrying me and trust that God will take care of it, everything works out surprisingly well. It doesn’t always work out the way that I think it should, but it always works out in the way that God knew it should.
When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul – “It Is Well” hymn, verse 1
When I give God my worries and anxious thoughts and I trust in Him to take care of them, there is continuous peace. It is very hard to explain, but I don’t really worry about much anymore because I know that God is in control and He makes all things work together for my good (see Romans 8:28). Through every aspect of my life, the good and the bad, I trust that God is working in and around me for His glory. This gives me peace because I know that He knows what’s best.