Finding the peace of God
Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 3:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 3:38 p.m.
The Serenity Prayer begins by saying, "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference."
These are very powerful words meant to guide and direct us into making good decisions and wise choices.
The Bible also tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6 to "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths."
There is nothing wrong with the Serenity Prayer or praying for God to give us peace in accepting the things that we cannot change, or courage to change things we can, or the wisdom to know the difference. And there is certainly nothing wrong with trusting God to avoid walking in the weakness of human nature and letting the Lord direct our paths.
However, these words will only work when they are put into action.
Let's be honest for a moment. Reality says that there will be challenges that will confront us that we will never be able to change or understand. However, I believe those challenges and circumstances come to make us stronger — and not to destroy us.
Remember the Bible says in James 1:3, "Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience," how can we ever trust in the Lord with all of our heart if our faith and trust are not put to the test? How can we ever get to a place of allowing God to handle things for us if we continue to always lean to our own limited understanding? How can we ever find the peace of God unless we first acknowledge that God is the only one we can truly depend on to bring us that peace?
As I said, there will be challenges and circumstances in our lives that we will never be able to understand or change; however, when we place our faith and trust in Jesus, we can be assured that a change and understanding will come — and we will find perfect peace!
Let us remember that no matter what we go through as believers, we will ultimately obtain the victory, but only if we follow the path that God has designed for us. Therefore, when our paths are being directed by God, let us not resist Him, but obey Him, knowing that no matter how it looks, God knows best and will bring us perfect peace.
Pastor Ron Jones is pastor of New And Living Way Outreach Ministries in Gainesville.
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