Are we living in the anxiety of the future instead of the peace of the present? Life can pound away at our soul and flood us with pain, confusion and despair. Deadlines, angry people, failure, unfairness, loneliness and heartbreaking trials—produce fear and anxiety and displace our peace in God. But we don’t have to live this way! The problems won’t disappear; but God promises us peace. Jesus said: “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) Do we live like we believe this promise of God?

Possessing peace in a fallen world doesn’t mean we won’t have trouble; it means we learn to allow GOD to handle our trouble. To put it simply–if we are anxious, it means we haven’t learned to trust God. That may sound harsh–but it’s absolutely true! I often give myself a pass for my anxiety and I say, “I can’t help it–that’s just how I am. I am a worrier!” When I say “I can’t help it”–I’m lying. If I’m a child of God and His promises are true, then–I CAN help it–by turning to God. The truth is that I just don’t want Him to help me enough to seek Him as I should! I’d rather do it my own way and carry the weight of the anxiety that accompanies my independence from Him. He has the answer for EVERY situation; but to have HIS help I must seek Him daily.

Seeking Him daily means spending time reading and meditation upon His Word and spending time praying the way Jesus taught us–adoration, confession, supplication, intercession and thanksgiving. As we draw close to Him, we learn to entrust our life into His hands. He gives us His peace. When the daily struggles arise, rather than engaging them in our own strength, we learn to give them to Him. He gives us the wisdom and strength we need to rise above the storm and see it as He does. He gives us peace about the future because we know He loves us and He’s already there.

From the book, “Essential Faith” Volume 2 available on Amazon by clicking HERE .

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