The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:7 (King James Version)
Have you ever had anything unexpected happen to you? When they do happen, what was your initial response to it? All of us have, at one time or another, hit snags in our lives that we didn’t see coming. Now there is a wrong way and a right way to act when these things do happen.
Let’s talk about the wrong way. We respond to the unfortunate event with panic and anxiety and we make choices to resolve the issue impulsively. When our minds are in this state of mind, we don’t think rationally and while our impulsive resolution may ease the tension for a moment, but in the long haul they will only create future complications.
For example, suppose you worry about your finances and it seems like an impossible task to complete. In an act of desperation, you look up programs that tell you how to get rich quick and pay for these programs with a credit card. Unfortunately, the promises they make are all scams and you end up in a more of a quagmire in your finances then you were before. This is the consequence of responding to a crisis with anxiety.
The right way to handle crisis is found in the verse above. What is the peace of God? It is the recognition that God is with you and will be by your side when the unexpected occurs. When you know that the Lord has your back, the things that made you fearful are no longer that intimidating because He is much bigger than they are.
How does one receive the peace of God? One gets His peace by having constant dialogue with the Lord; telling Him about your worries and fears and asking Him to help you to overcome them. As you talk to Him about these big issues, the smaller they become because, while it doesn’t make sense to our rational minds, we know that God will handle it.
When we believe and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we have the opportunity to experience the peace of God in our lives; even in the face of the unexpected. Therefore, let us not respond to obstacles with anxiety, but turn to the Lord and trust that He will sustain us or deliver us from them. It is far better thing to do than living constantly in fear and worry.