“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?” Matthew 6:25
What are you worried about today?
Paying your bills? Your health? Your marriage? Your children? Your future?
Are you constantly worried about what other people think about you?
Are you worried about the safety of your husband at his job?
Are you constantly worried that your husband is going to leave you or cheat on you?
Are you afraid your children are falling in with the “wrong” crowd?
Are you worried about the health of your aging parents and how you are going to care for them?
Are you newly divorced and filled with anxiety for your future?
Does worry consume your life to the point that you are paralyzed with fear, stress and anxiety?
Are you a person who takes medication for your anxiety?
A life full of worry, stress and anxiety is not God’s will for His children.
Jesus said it Himself…He does not want you to be filled with worry about the cares of this life. He always takes care of His children! Always!!!
A lot of times, we think that WE must be the avenue through which our problems are solved. “God helps those who help themselves.” Right?
No! Do you know that quote is NOT in the Bible! Nope, not in there. We go around saying this and fool ourselves into thinking that we must “do” something. “Doing” turns into worrying. Worrying about everything and anything.
Do you realize that Jesus’ sacrifice was a complete act of grace for our lives…our lives for all eternity AND our lives NOW?
Jesus’ sacrifice was not only for the covering of our sins, the health of our bodies and our eternal salvation. It was also for our peace! Isaiah 53 says,
“But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,”
Jesus suffered brutal punishment and pain so that we could have peace in our lives!!!
On the night Jesus was betrayed, He left these parting words with His disciples. Even in the midst of the ensuing chaos, His desire for those He loved was for them to be at peace.
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
Peace is translated, “Shalom.” Wellness, wholeness, completeness, as well as peace of heart and mind. Shalom means having every part of your being (spirit, soul, and body) in complete and total peace.
Walking in the peace of God, just like Jesus did, allows us to be in perfect control of our feelings, emotions and actions, no matter what the devil throws our way. Not once do we see Jesus wringing His hands or having an emotional meltdown. Even when the storm literally raged around Him, He spoke and embodied peace. Jesus was THE peace-speaker.
The peace we have been given (as a gift, like salvation, healing, grace, righteousness, etc) is not a feeling that is based on our life circumstances. It is a state in which we live.
But, but, but you say. “You don’t know what my life is like. I have so much stress!” Being at peace is a decision you make inside you, in your heart. By YOU deciding that you will NOT LET stress consume your life, you are allowing God to work on the external circumstances FOR you.
During the last few years of my first marriage and the divorce that ended it, I had a peace that I cannot explain. As many of you know, having marriage issues and going through a divorce is one of the most stressful things a person can endure. Did I feel stressed and worried at times? Of course I did. But, before I would let it consume me, I would do something that might seem kind of silly to some of you. I would close my eyes, picture myself holding my problems in my cupped hands, and then would throw them upward, as if “casting” them up to God. Peace would come over me! It’s true! I did this seemingly childish act many times over until it has now become a habit of mine. When I begin to worry or be afraid or stressed, I toss it to God like a game of hot potato and tell Him, “It’s all yours, Lord.” Then I get back to doing what He wants me to be doing. This simple act has helped me through a divorce and every other stressful situation I’ve encountered since, big or small.
What should we do instead of stressing about all the worrisome issues that come up in life?
“Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” Matthew 6:33
Follow hard after God and He will work out all the details for you. No worries. He’s got this.
When we worry, we are telling God that we don’t need Him to help us. We are saying that we can handle it ourselves. If you think about it, we are nullifying Jesus’ sacrifice for our peace when we hold on to our problems.
Worrying is a sign of lack of faith in God. Having faith in God, aka not worrying about things or getting stressed out, produces peace in your life.
Worry=little or no faith Peace=total surrender and full of faith
Are you walking in the midst of your storm and not even noticing the waves tossing you about or the lightning and thunder roaring around you?
Or are you consumed by stress and worry? Is stress manifesting itself in your body through stomach ulcers, headaches, moodiness, and depression?
The devil knows where to attack you…in those areas of your life where you feel the least secure. Is your primary concern your finances? Then, that’s where you won’t have peace. Or maybe it’s your kids? Then, that’s where your stress will originate from.
If you want peace in your life, refuse to allow worry and stress to come in. Jesus said, “Let NOT your heart be troubled.”
“Cast your cares upon the Lord, for He cares for YOU.” I Peter 5:7
No matter how tiny or insignificant it may seem. If it is causing you worry or distress, God wants you to give it to Him. He knows what to do with your worries.
“Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
Besides, what good does worrying do you?
“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to your stature?” Matthew 6:27
Worrying accomplishes one thing and one thing only…it gives the devil an open door into your heart to attack you and weaken your mind, spirit and body.
Find rest for your soul in the arms of Jesus. He paid it all for you to have life everlasting and life abundantly. Embrace His grace and trust in Him with all the issues in your life. Refuse to allow worry to consume you. God wants you to walk in peace.
Peace is part of the package of free gifts bequeathed to YOU at the moment of your born-again experience. Walk in peace, starting NOW!
I sang this song as a little girl…I still sing it to this day when I’m feeling stressed or worried. It goes like this..
I cast all my cares upon You,
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet.
And any time, I don’t know, what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.
What are you worried about right now? Put your hands out in front of you, picture you problem in your hands and then throw it up in the air. Cast your cares upon the Lord. Have faith that He is working it all out for you, for your good! Go ahead, try it. No one’s looking…:)