“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
1 John 14:27
If I could explain something first I would like to just say that this topic came up in my church service on Sunday. The thought was then spurred on with my sister’s suggestions and culminated in the events I have experienced this week.
What are we worried or afraid about? Everything? Nothing? What gives us trouble and fear? I know from the comments I was given there is a long list that we can worry about and can give us trouble. Family, kids, work, schedules, deadlines, employment and most of all the future are things that literally consume us.
The question that screams out to us all can sometimes just be “what happens tomorrow?” This one question in itself is enough to cripple our strength and our faith. The enemy will come with strong weapons such as worry, fear and anxiety. What we have to realize is that through this word from God alone we are left with a far mightier weapon and that is peace. We all must cling to the one that is in control! Why would I dwell in a place of worry and fear knowing that those things aren’t of the Lord? I should turn immediately to what He promises to me and the fact that He doesn’t give as the world gives. He doesn’t send fear and doubt or our way, he offers His hand and His peace to us.
Going further the question was asked where does this worry get us? We can all worry and fear until we’re beside ourselves and yet things things of that nature may never happen. I’m not saying they don’t because I myself, as well as many others this week alone, have been witness that it can. I just believe that these worries and fears are not of Him and what He truly offers us. We must trust the one who is in control because living under the weight of a “what if?” is a very hard place to dwell.
I reach out with a heavy heart this day and ask two things. I would first ask that we all take His hand and seek His peace and will for our own lives. Second, I would ask that if you are harboring anything such as ill feelings, worry or doubt with anyone that you reach out and reconcile. Unfortunately we are not promised tomorrow.
I write this with the help of my sister Wendi Rushing and am constantly blessed to share in some small way.