In order to fully enjoy God’s peace, we have to actively trust Him. Jesus stated as a fact, “In the world you have tribulation” (John 16:33). But as Christians who abide in Christ there is peace (even in tribulation!) as we rest in God’s presence and trust in His promises. When you and I walk by the Spirit, our life is characterized not by fretting, panic, and anxiety, but by the quiet peace that comes with trusting God. In the midst of life’s most difﬁcult circumstances, the Spirit’s peace will guard our hearts and our minds (Philippians 4:7), serving as a sentinel over our thoughts and emotions… despite life’s turbulence.
We heard of offering up a sacrifice of praise to the Lord in times of struggle(Hebrews 13:15). But also, I think of peace as a “sacriﬁce of trust.” And you and I make the sacriﬁce of trust when we face the painful and distressing realities of our life and then choose to trust God instead of panicking or falling apart. When circumstances in my life might tempt me to panic, feel terriﬁed, become a nervous wreck, or be ﬁlled with dread, I can choose either to give in to those feelings or to trust in God and present myself to Him to be ﬁlled with His peace. And I must make this conscious choice each and every day whenever I see storm clouds looming ahead, whenever life’s confusions, bewilderments, and perplexities threaten to overwhelm.
We make the sacriﬁce of trust and experience God’s peace…
- when we choose not to panic… but to rest in God’s presence,
- when we release our terror… and trust in God’s wisdom and ways,
- when we reject our nervousness… and remember that God is in control,
- and when we ignore our dread… and instead accept God’s dealings.
You see, I can either trust Almighty God or succumb to the emotions of the ﬂesh. Choosing to trust God—making the sacriﬁce of trust—causes me to experience His peace… even in the midst of tremendous uproar.
A Prayer to Pray:
God, You are my reason for living, my salvation, my comfort, my provider, my love. I choose today to follow You every step of the way. When the way gets hard and I falter, encourage me and give the me faith to trust You.
In Elizabeth George’s book, Finding God’s Path Through Your Trials, you will find more encouragement to seek His help for every difficulty you face.