July 5, 2013

Peace of Mind

One of the greatest barriers to our peace of mind is our demand for an explanation. We say, “Why God? Why are You allowing this circumstance in my life? Why don’t You just take this out of my life? We think if we got an explanation from God that would solve everything for us. But it wouldn’t solve anything and it wouldn’t bring us comfort. First, God doesn’t owe you and me an explanation. He’s God and we’re not. He doesn’t have to report to us and explain everything that He is doing. What will bring us comfort are His comfort and His strength as He walks through the difficulties with us. The Bible never explains why we go through pain and suffering and tragedies. The Bible doesn’t go into that a whole lot, but it does say He’ll be with you.  “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deut 31:6

You probably know the first three lines of the Serenity Prayer. But did you know the Serenity Prayer has been edited? It originally contained eight lines. You know the first three lines, but if you don’t pray the whole prayer, there’s not much power in the prayer. The power is in the last part of the prayer.

The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time, accepting hardship as a pathway to peace, taking as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that you will make all things right if I surrender to your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with you forever in the next. Amen.

–Reinhold Niebuhr