LGD 010: God’s Peace

Two men sitting on a boat dock enjoying the evening

The air was warm, the sky was blue and people were out and about taking in the wonderful day that was just getting ready to conclude.

Two men sitting on a boat dock enjoying the evening
Photo by Dave Anthold (2011) – Czech Republic

As I enjoyed an evening walk yesterday, I took time to destress from the week that is now behind me. I listened to some scripture and a good book.

In today’s passage, I needed the reminder not to worry. It’s easy to get sidetracked by worry when we lose focus.

Paul reminds us,

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

Philippians 4:6

As we come to the end of the week, we may weary or tired. We may wonder when this global pandemic will be in our rearview mirror.

Take time to pray about the stresses of the day or week, but before you ask, thank Him for all He has done.

Why is thanksgiving important?

When we move to a thanksgiving posture, we take our eyes off of the worries, heartaches, and frustrations and place them in more capable hands.

Don’t you see the cupped hands of our Father? I do. I see myself placing my worries and fears, and then He closes over them and they are gone.

When we release our worries, scripture says,

‘Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:7

Don’t you want to experience peace – a lightening of the soul? I do. Carrying stress and worry around is too much to bear. It causes physical and emotional strain on our bodies.

Today, release your worry to the Father. Place it in his cupped hands, and as He closes His hands, experience the peace that passes all understanding.

What do you need to release to Christ today?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for your love and peace. Thank you for taking my worries, stress and heartaches, and using them for good. I ask for your peace to surround me today so I can experience joy and rest. You are gracious and good. Amen!

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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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