Peacefulness and thankfulness go together like biscuits and gravy. Sure you can have them separately but when you put them together you have a dynamite combination.
In Colossians 3:15 Paul says “Let the peace of Christ be in control in your heart (for you were in fact called as one body to this peace), and be thankful.” (NET Bible) If you let the peace that comes from Christ control or rule in your heart you will have peace. You will have a true peace that passes understanding in the midst of everything. In turn you can be thankful.
Now before you start in on the “if you only knew what I was going through you would understand” speech let me tell you something, I am not at peace right now. I have not been at peace for awhile either. My wife and I are trying to find a place to live and are not having much luck finding anything we can afford (and would want to live in). We are trying to figure out how to pay off most of our debt, and a few other issues. Because of these things I have not been at peace. I mean as long as nothing else happens I can keep it together but as soon as the dog barks or the little one cries I start to feel like I am going to lose it. That is not peace, but holding on. I do not want to just hold on, I want peace.
So how do I get this peace? How do I get to a place of thankfulness and ultimately rest? Simple answer is I let the peace of Christ control my heart. Mind you that is the easy answer. The hard part like all things is walking it out. So here are some simple things I think will help you and me let His peace reign over our hearts.
First, stop looking at the check book so much. You’re broke and need to pay bills, but if you check the account in the morning it will more than likely be the same way in the evening. So here is what we can do. Check your account in the morning and then pray. Ask God to help you get what you need to get through the day. Notice I did not say ask God for the money (not that it is wrong to do so, I am praying for 50k), but instead ask Him to provide. I have had groceries show up on my porch, toy for Christmas, and a ride when I was walking. You need a new job, house, etc. Same solution. Take a look in the morning and again in the evening. Other than that just ask Him to provide. He knows your needs and will meet them.
Second, is be thankful for what you do have. Maybe you are flat broke but you still have something to be thankful for. Time with your kids, time with your dog, time with your pillow…. Whatever it is, enjoy the things you do have.
Third, feel free to cry. There is absolutely nothing wrong with crying out to God. Read the book of Psalms; a good portion of that was David crying out to God for help. Look at Elijah he cried out to God, Jesus in the Garden cried out to Father to let the cup pass. Nothing wrong at all with crying out to God and saying please help me I cannot do this and I am so tired.
Again remember I am writing this to me as well as you. I need to remember and do these things. My hope is I can take my own advice and let the peace of Christ control my heart.
Just a thought,