Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid – John 14:17.
With everything that is happening in the world, sometimes we will find ourselves being afraid. Fear does not come from God but from Satan; Jesus came not only to save us but to keep us in perfect peace. In order to have peace, we must place our trust in God and not what we see or hear.
God’s Word instructs the believer that He would keep them in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on Him. We can’t have fear and peace at the same time; neither can we trust God and have doubt. Either we will believe and trust God, or we will not.
As Christians, we will go through tribulation (Confirming the souls of the disciples and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must, through much tribulation, enter into the kingdom of God – Acts 14:22). Christianity does not exempt the believer from pain and suffering. The believer does not rejoice because of trials, but they rejoice because of knowledge of who he is in Jesus Christ.
When life gets difficult, there are people around us who travel through the battle with us. Sadly, when stress rises, we tend to strike out at the ones we are close to. Difficulties will cause us to be easily angered or hurt because of things we’re dealing with. When difficulties occur, this is when we must pray; prayer is not something that should be foreign to the believer. Neither should it be our practice to pray only when difficulties come.
As Christians, we should always pray; this will build our faith so when difficulties do come, we will not faint in our hearts and minds. Prayer brings about a shield in mind and heart. We must also know that God’s thoughts towards us is love to bring us more into the image of Him and His Son. Difficulties are a way to draw us closer to Him. Sadly, most Christians will not pray until there is something going on in their lives that is bringing them stress, disappointments, or difficulties.
Never hesitate to go in prayer; God wants to hear from you. He wants to hear how you feel and what you think. God never gets our voice, prayers, or name confused with someone else. We’re not to deny we’re going through difficulties, but we’re not to allow difficulties to become our god. Whatever we focus on the most will become our god.
God will give us perfect peace while we’re going through difficulties, pain, and hurt. When we trust God has our best interest at heart, it will eliminate fear and worry. Even then, we can be like the Centurion, to tell the Lord I believe, but help my unbelief.
When your mind is not at peace, it affects your emotions and your thinking. When you’re going through a trial or difficulties, pray and read God’s Word. Praying and reading God’s Word will not eliminate what you’re going through, but it will strengthen your faith until God gives you an exit. As surely as there is an entrance, there is also an exit.