Encouragement in Philippians
“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4: 6-7
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“I just had such a sense of peace.” This is something you may hear someone say after reading a good book while laying out on the beach or listening to the waves roll in to the shore. Peace is an easy thing to feel when you are in a stress-free zone like the beach, the lake, or the spa. When we are stress free and relaxed, we naturally thank God for our peaceful day.
Unfortunately, not every situation in life is quite so peaceful. For example, having a heavy work load, driving in traffic, or having to plan something at the last minute can be very stressful situations. These are times when we would much rather be at the beach, to say the least. During a typical week, teachers experience both times of peace and chaos in the classroom. There are times when students follow directions and you see positive results and progress in their studies and in their lives. On the other hand, there are also times when you wonder if your students have really heard anything you’ve said since, well, the beginning of the school year. The good news is, God gives us the same peace on the beach as He does in the classroom.
In Philippians 4, the apostle Paul writes about the peace of God, saying, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6–7). In other words, when we thank the Lord and ask Him for help, He gives us peace through Christ. In fact, Christ does not just give us peace, but He is our peace. This is because of what He has done for us, by reconciling us to our heavenly Father.
Yes, a trip to the beach, the lake, or the spa is a wonderful way to regroup and have some peaceful relaxation. However, remember that God’s peace is there for us at all times and in all situations. Even in the midst of a storm or a chaotic school day, He is at work and His grace is sufficient. Every day, the truth stands that the One who turned a raging, stormy sea into calm waters has redeemed you and is with you. With that knowledge, we can go in peace and serve the Lord.
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