If you watched the news or read the newspapers lately, you would know that we live in a world that seems to be devoid of peace. There is instability everywhere, instability – economically, socially, politically, locally and globally. However, the Bible teaches how we are to handle seasons of instability, fear and anxiety.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Philippians 4:4- 9 NLT
Paul, the apostle gives us some keys to living in seasons of instability. Firstly, we are to always be joyful in the Lord, not joyful in the situation but joyful in the Lord, in who He is and what He has done in our lives. Secondly, we are not to worry about anything, but instead bring everything to God in prayer and lastly, we are to mediate and fix our thoughts on positive things.
Today, I want to encourage us that if we are going to experience the peace that exceeds our understanding despite all that is happening around us, that we need to put into practise the keys from Philippians 4. Being fully persuaded that the God of peace will be with us and never forsake us.
Remember always the best is yet to come!