Does it give you a warm feeling when someone you love says I’ve been thinking about you? Have you considered the fact that God thinks about you? The almighty sovereign God who created everything around about us thinks about us and wants peace for our lives. When one lives their life close to God he can know inner peace in the midst of outer storms. Paul in Philippians 4 urges us to rejoice always. It may seem impossible to rejoice when times are difficult and the scripture doesn’t say rejoice about everything but rather rejoice always. In other words, rejoice during the difficult times. We have all seen , heard or maybe experienced individuals running to a storm cellar to avoid the destruction of a tornado. Being in the cellar does not stop the storm but it does provide safety in the midst of the storm. When we live each moment at peace with God we are afforded a safe haven even in the midst of stormy times. He won’t necessarily take away all the pain and disappointment, but the things that matter most (our soul, hope, etc.) He can protect. What must we do in order to have this joy and peace even in the midst of storms?
1. Be Joyful : Look for reasons to rejoice. God’s people aren’t pessimists but have the greatest reasons to be optimists.
2. Be Disciplined: Calm, godly reactions will make any situation better. Vengeance is the Lord’s (Romans 12:19). Living under God’s control means that even in the midst of storms our actions are righteous, which empowers us to know His peace. When we lose it (our temper), we lose more than a temper we lose the peace of God.
3. Be Confident: Remaining under God’s control builds confidence because we know God is with us. In spite of the storm, those who react with God’s wisdom know God is still near them. They know they can take it all to Him in prayer.
4. Be Guarded: We all need protection. Living in the peace of God offers understanding we could never know on our own. Knowledge is power. Godly knowledge is a powerful protection of our heart and mind. Are you allowing God to guard? God is thinking about you and your peace with Him .Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook.