Predictions of a “dark winter” along with continued social, political and economic unrest is a recipe for anxiety no matter who you are. This, coupled with personal pressures and daily worries, has a way of robbing us of the peace God promises in His word.
So, what is the remedy? God’s promise of “perfect peace” in Isaiah 26:3 is conditioned upon our confidence in His character, His abiding presence, and His all-sufficient grace and strength to help us through whatever may come our way. Therefore, the remedy is casting our anxieties upon God, trusting that He deeply loves and cares for you and for me.
Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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 minds in Christ Jesus.”
In his book, “Anxious for Nothing,” pastor and author Max Lucado divides this passage into four actions steps that will help keep us C A L M as we begin 2021:
1. Celebrate God’s Goodness by “rejoicing in the Lord always” (see Phil. 4:5).
2. Ask God for Help by presenting “your requests to God” in prayer.
3. Leave Your Concerns with God by giving thanks in all circumstances. And then . . .
4. Meditate on the Good Things (see Phil. 4:8).
By putting God’s prescription for peace into practice we too can “the peace of God which transcends all understanding.” May God keep you in perfect peace this year as you continue to put your trust and confidence in His goodness and grace!