Perfect Peace.

I have to be honest.  There are times in my life when I ask myself, "Can God's perfect peace really overcome my deepest fears?" And I doubt and question and wonder.  I often wonder how I can finally allow myself to constantly rest in God's peace, not just experience it here-and-there only when I'm having a good day.

My fears become so seemingly real and overwhelming and gripping.  When they're at their worst, they seem like the truest reality there is, and there seems to be no escape.  I fear for my family, my health, my finances, my education, my future...the list goes on and on.  It becomes obsessive, compounding, never-ending.  Fear is a trap, yet it's so attractive.  I believe it presents itself as a way for us to have control over what happens--or at least to be prepared if the "worst" does happen. However, it is a dark spiral of despair that never gives us control.  Fear only gives us more reason to hold on more tightly to the things that God has called us to relinquish into His control.  The things we hold so tightly to are meant to be in His hands because nothing is outside of God's control, while much is outside our control.

He wants me to give Him my fears for my family, my health, my finances, my education, and my future.  Why?  Because He already holds these things in His hands, and these things are way too heavy for me to hold onto on my own.    

I think it all comes down to where our thoughts are fixed.  Isaiah 26:3 says, "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!" [emphasis mine]

This verse doesn't say that God will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in their own ability and whose thoughts are fixed on their fears.  When we trust in our own abilities and fixate on our fears, we will not find peace because our eyes are not upon our Father.  

I believe that only when our eyes are fixed upon our Father will He keep us in perfect, life-giving, sustaining peace that will consistently sustain us in the midst of life's uncertainty.  And when we experience God's peace, the deepest fears of our hearts simply melt away.  

What a wonderful, peace-supplying God we have.  He is our truest reality.

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