The Peace That Passes All Understanding

Sunday, January 11, 2015
     For over two years now, I've had a correspondence with one of my old camp counselors. She is always so encouraging and uplifting, and I am so thankful that she can help strengthen my faith. I received a letter from her Thursday or Friday, and as I was reading it, I realized how relevant it was even though she was responding to a letter I had written months ago. She shared with me one of her life verses:

Philippians 4:6-7
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your mind in Christ Jesus."

     I think God's word speaks for itself in this verse. Its message is so relevant to everyday life, in the big and little things. "Do not be anxious about anything" is a command. God commands us not to be anxious. When we are anxious, it's like we're telling God, "Your peace isn't enough right now. I have to worry about this." Peace truly is a wonderful, beautiful thing, and when we've got the God of the universe listening to our every request, there is amazing peace.

     God also commands us to be thankful. I'm thankful that God is always there. I never have to doubt that he doesn't hear my prayers. He holds me in His hands. When I feel that no one else cares about me, I know that God does. I know that God not only cares about me, but he cares about everyone. He has millions, even trillions of prayers coming to Him any given second, and he hears every one of them, and for that, I am so thankful.

     Even though I don't have very many active readers or followers, I pray for every one of you. I pray that if you have not yet experienced this peace, that it finds you, and if you have, that you're thankful for it. I pray that God will encourage you and that you will be bold with your faith. I pray that Christ's light will shine through you, so that even the hardest of hearts will see it. I pray that you'll share your faith and encourage your friends. I am thankful for each one of you, and I hope that as you read this, you will be pointed to Christ.

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