In the world today, it’s so easy for thoughts of God to be swallowed up by everything around us. Our fast-paced lives throw everything in our faces, from what’s on TV, to work, to traffic, to the latest gadgets we need to buy. God is often forgotten as we rush from one part of our life to the next.
But God is gracious. He is patient. He understands how busy we are, and He knows how anxious and stressed our lives lead us to be. He’s gracious: God offers us a chance to rest in His peace.
“The LORD bless you, and keep you [protect you, sustain you, and guard you]; The LORD make His face shine upon you [with favor], and be gracious to you [surround you with lovingkindness]; The LORD lift up His countenance (face) upon you [with divine approval], and give you peace [a tranquil heart and life].” Numbers 6:24-26 (AMP)
While God offers us his peace, it’s up to us to receive it. We hear the health fanatics telling us to start the day out right with breakfast: don’t rush to work without investing a little time in your morning to grab a bite to eat, for your own sake. It boosts your mind as well as your energy.
The same can be said about God’s peace. Start the day out right by confiding in God before you begin. If you have a ‘to-do list’, then go over the list with Him. Tell Him everything you have planned, and ask for His blessing on the day. If you have a concern with something you have to do, then tell God your concerns and request His strength. If you’re worried about what the day will bring, be sure to seek God’s peace.
But it’s not that simple. It’s not as simple as just asking God to help you through the day. If it were, then everyone would enjoy God’s peace and take comfort in His strength.
You’ve got to make an effort on your own part. Philippians 4:8 tells us to think continually on things that are true, honorable, worthy of respect, pure, lovely, and worthy of praise. This means that every waking moment of your day, think of holy thoughts, talk to God about what’s happening or what you’re doing, and always consider before you make a decision: “If I do this, will it further God’s will?” If you dedicate your work to God, He will help you succeed.
If you can focus your mind on things that are holy and good, then God will be with you, and you will benefit from His peace. He will make you strong enough to face the day with a calm mind and a peaceful resolve.
In one final note, Lacy reads “We Gather Together”, an old hymn, and brainstorms a creative way to help with anxiety.