Joy and Peace

I was sitting in my office today thinking about myself, ministry, family, the future, and life in general, and I came to the conclusion that there has never been a time in my life when I have felt more joy and peace than I do right now.  As I thought about it I came to the conclusion that the joy that I have now is “an all the time joy” in my heart that isn’t up and down, and also the peace that I have is a deep, anxiety free, sense of security that permeates my soul and doesn’t go away.

Most people, I think from observation are victims of life, that is they have joy when circumstances and events around them are good, and loss of joy even to the point of despair when life is bad. Their peace comes and goes on the apparent stability and predictability of their future.

Right now, post-election, it seems there is a lot of despair and anxiety in people. Most people, when they are unhappy and anxious become “blamers”, that is, as they attempt to figure out why they are so miserable and they blame others for what they are feeling.

So why am I feeling so wonderful in spite of lie? Philippians 4:4-7 is a passage of scripture I meditate on and work hard at practicing faithfully in my life. “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men.  The Lord is near. 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

So I work hard at never grumbling or complaining about anything, but instead rejoicing always, thanking God for everything, and if I begin to feel anxious I pray to God about the situation and He gives His joy and peace. I pray all day long in my head while I do life, and I also have a date with God every day where I give Him undistracted time alone talking to Him about what is bothering me.

God is real, He is all powerful, He does indeed love me and desires time from me, and He is big enough to put His joy and peace inside me as a blessing when I give Him my life, my time, my trust, and my love. Try it.

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