Peace Over Panic

January 16, 2019

 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is steadfast on You, because he trusts in You. – Isaiah 26:3

 

Have you noticed how people handle bad news differently? For many, our first reaction is to work ourselves into a tailspin of gloom and doom. A few, though, walk through the valley of disappointment or despair with a peace that surpasses understanding. How can we become like one of them? 

 

Like my friend Sue. When she learned she’d need open heart surgery to replace a damaged valve, she seemed calm and peaceful. How was this possible? 

 

Sue explained how she’d seen God’s hand at work in her life since she accepted His free gift of grace at age five. Later in college, she surrendered her heart to Jesus and decided to follow Him wherever He would lead. She’s spent the past thirty years reading God’s Word, praying, trusting, listening and obeying the Holy Spirit. Surely, He’d see her through surgery to full recovery.  

 

“Surely?” But what if… the surgeon couldn’t fix the problem, or if something went wrong, or she didn’t wake up after anesthesia? My mind raced with “What Ifs” while hers remained steadfast in the One who’d walked with her all her life. 

 

When the biggest test of her life came, she was ready. Sue’s a marvelous example of why God desires for all of us to follow Jesus.

 

Following Jesus will make your life better and make you better at life. – Andy Stanley

 

So true, even Sue’s cardiologist was able to see God’s promise of peace in her. Her attitude and actions testified that God will keep us in perfect peace, when our minds are steadfast, trusting in Him (Isaiah 26:3).

 

What about you? When a huge challenge comes your way, wouldn’t you rather walk in peace instead of panic? 

 

Then let’s follow Jesus on the pathway to more peace in our lives. It starts with a simple spiritual habit that Sue started many years ago: Pray every day. Your 3 O’Clock Wake Up Call can be your prompt to start. In the research world, it’s called a trigger to a “keystone habit”. 

 

Every day at 3:00pm, pray to God out loud or silently. Ask for His help, guidance, strength, or peace… whatever you need in that moment. Remember God’s power is endless and made perfect in your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). As you continue this prayer habit, don’t be surprised when you wake up in the middle of the night worried and you spontaneously start to pray. Or, when you receive some bad news, your first response is to pray and invite God in. Soon, my friend, others will say about you what they say about Sue, “she possesses a peace that surpasses all understanding.”

 

 

The Power of Giving God Thanks Will Ignite Your Faith and Change Your World!

 

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