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The joy of the Lord is having God’s peace during our troubles

The Bible is Only a Book
God Breathed – Part 7

Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 3:10-17

Key Verse: 2 Timothy 3:16

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.

We’ve been studying the progression of steps to enjoying the peace of God. The first step that we looked at yesterday, was praying with an attitude of thanksgiving. It might look like this: “Father, I thank you that you will help me handle the problem that I must tackle today.” That wording is full of faith, anticipating God helping you. In contrast, we often pray: “Oh God, help me with the problems that I must tackle today.” This style has no praise, no sense of faith that an answer will come.

Yesterday’s devotional described a second step, catch and eliminate anxious thoughts. We do that by refocusing on our prayers and God’s promises to us. We must get our minds off the problems and onto the BIG God that we serve!

After these two steps are in place, look what results: “and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7). We are not promised that God will prevent all problems from coming into our lives. In fact, Jesus made it clear: “in this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). The joy of the Lord is having God’s peace amid our troubles. The peace is that deep inner sense that God is still in control and all is going to be OK. It is not a giddiness or happiness that you are going through troubles, which would be weird. No, God’s peace is far more stable than giddiness; it is calmness that He gives us, resting our minds from paralyzing fear. Take a moment and remind yourself that God is your Father and He will take care of you! Receive His peace!

Father, I know that I know you are all powerful and I can trust you. I will rest on your promises for me. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.