Day 19: Friday, January 29, 2016
Join us every day as we develop the spiritual habit of reading God’s Word – The Divine Map and learn to follow the Divine Guide – the Holy Spirit as He navigates us through the confusing times we live with clarity and peace.
THE DIVINE MAP READING
Navigate Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
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.
You might call this Paul’s formula for peace. He was speaking from experience as he wrote this New Testament letter from prison. Despite suffering painful persecution, false accusations and imprisonment for years, he writes an Epistle of joy! How did he keep it together under such pressure? What was his secret for finding clarity amid so much confusion, and peace instead of sheer panic? The answer is found in this passage. He gives us four specific steps to take when we’re facing uncharted waters:
- Don’t worry about anything.
- Pray about everything.
- Tell God what you need.
- Thank Him for all He has done.
When we take these steps, we have the assurance of this promise that follows:
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!
The word “guard” in that passage stands for a Roman garrison, like the ones guarding Paul in prison. God’s peace will stand guard, protecting our hearts and minds from panic, assuring us of His presence and power. It’s a peace beyond anything we could understand!
Take these steps today in prayer and begin to experience God’s peace, despite the circumstances that may or may not change in your life. Spend some extra time thanking God for all He has done.
- What is God showing you through today’s Bible reading?
- How can you turn your problems into praise? When you do, what impact does that have on bringing you clarity about your present and future circumstances? How may God use even your negative or painful circumstances to display His glory in your life as He did Paul’s?