These days are challenging ones for my faith. I have lived most of my life anxious about what the future holds. I've often taken pride in being able to make things work out. Reality is that I had little to do with it. The Lord has been good to me -- even allowing me to take credit for things he brought about.
But I now find myself in a unique situation. It's one I have little, if any, control over. And I am learning to give my anxiety over to the Lord. It's not easy, but I am left with no choice. However, I believe that in the long run the lessons I learn will be worth it all.
I am adopting the practice of, before arising from bed, quoting Philippians 4: 4-7. As I do this, the phrase "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" suddenly means much more to me. I want God's peace!
Then, I'm doing my daily reading from Luke today. Jesus is sending out the 72 on a mission trip. Listen to what he says in vv. 5-6: "When you enter a house, first say, 'Peace to this house.' If a man of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; if not, it will return to you."
Did you catch what Jesus tells them? He basically says that they should extend peace to others. But if their offer of peace is refused -- they will still have peace.
Wow! Lord, give me that peace which transcends all understanding!