I subscribe to Tabletalk, a devotional magazine (you should too), and I read the devotions in each month’s issue every weeknight. I don’t know how far in advance the staff write the daily devotions, but one of the scriptures supporting Monday night’s devotion stuck out to me.
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace (1 Corinthians 14:33a, ESV).
Let’s be honest: there’s plenty of confusion in the world today. All you have to do is jump on Facebook or turn on the news, and before long you won’t know what to think. I mean, I’m pretty picky about where I get my news, and I can get frustrated, bewildered, and sometimes in despair.
I’ll admit that sometimes life can be overwhelming. Times like this can be hard to deal with, and if you’re like me and struggle with anxiety, it can be easy to give in to fear. I’m grateful to have my faith in God to lean on.
If you believe in the God of the Bible, you know that He is the source of peace. If we’re looking to Him, our faith will cut through the confusion, override the frustration, and give us peace in the face of fear.
The peace that God gives doesn’t necessarily negate the problems that are going on around us. In fact, His peace transcends circumstances.
Look at what the scriptures have to say about peace:
May the LORD give strength to his people! May the LORD bless his people with peace (Psalm 29:11, ESV)!
Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble (Psalm 119:165, ESV).
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you (Isaiah 26:3, ESV).
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (Matthew 11:28-30, ESV).
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27, ESV).
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world (John 16:33, ESV).
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope (Romans 15:13, ESV).
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, ESV).
Trust in God. Trust Him all the time, but especially at times like this when the world seems to be in turmoil. When you trust in Him, you’ll find a peace that goes beyond any human comprehension. It’s a peace you’ll love and that you’ll want to turn to again and again.