Peace that Passes Understanding

“Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 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 ‭4:5-7, ESV

17 years ago God made Himself real to me. There have been ups and downs since then. The downs seem to outweigh the ups, though. But, let’s face it – I’m still a teenager, right? Even at 50+, I’m a teenager in Christ.

Peace is hard to find in the downs. It seems like every day brings more strife, conflict, and worries. These rob us of our peace and joy. These are stumbling blocks and strongholds put in our way by the enemy. And God lets him do it, to strengthen us, to help us find Him.

Every morning, I wake up at 4:30 and start worrying about what the day is bringing. Work, my family’s well-being, house maintenance…

But, for the last few weeks, I’ve started reciting the 23rd Psalm. No, I don’t have any version memorized, but this is Clay’s Paraphrased version. I’m making it my praises to the One who gives me peace.

And it works. My mind clears and I can go back to sleep.

The 23rd Psalm is the ultimate expression of Phil. 4 above.

You are my Shepherd. I have all I need.

You bring me to places of abundance, green pastures and still waters.

You restore my soul and make me righteous for Your own glory.

This place is scary. But You bring me peace and comfort.

You provide for me when everyone else around me is selfish. You make me your own. And I have more than I need.

Because of Your grace, goodness and mercy will be with me and I will live with you forever.

Thanks for listening,

Clay

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