“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
Read this verse over and over. What is the Holy Spirit whispering to you?
This morning God is bringing peace to me and you. I woke up this morning to hear that President Trump did indeed enact steel and aluminum tariffs. I don’t want to get political so I’m not going to discuss if I think it is right or wrong. Anxiety came over me, however, because the last time this happened the other countries retaliated against Ag products. As a farmer I can’t afford a trade war. The disastrous 80’s which saw farmers going bankrupt was started by trade wars. The biggest difference right now is we already have historically low prices for our grain. When compared to inflation our prices are even lower than they were in the 80’s. So, we can’t afford for them to go lower. That would be devastating. As I worry about this I hear God’s whisper “trust me. Allow my peace to flow over you and guard your heart and mind.”
It is important that we read the verse just before this one, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (vs 6) As our anxieties mount we need to remember to let it go and give it to God through prayer and petition with thanksgiving. This means we need to pray with a trust that God will do what is best, so we should pray with an attitude of thanksgiving knowing that God hears our prayer and will grant it according to our needs and the needs of others. God’s will, will be done.
This morning I did just that, I prayed with thanksgiving and I felt this peace come over me. Now each time I start to think about the what ifs, I need to turn it over to God and let Him take care of it. That is how peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. I’m not going to pretend that I remember to always do this. I am still a sinner. I still allow my need of control to cloud my judgment. But I think I’m better than I was. I think that I learn each time.
What worries and anxieties do you have? What do you need to trust God with? It isn’t easy to turn over everything to God. I turn certain areas over to God but hold on to others. When my wife was diagnosed with cancer God called me to turn her over to Him, to trust Him. I did but I kept control of other things. Now I need to do a better job of turning the farm over to Him. I have struggled with turning over my kids to Him and the ministry He gives me.
The reality is anything that I have control over will be a burden to me. It will weigh me down and keep me from being the best that I can be. I can see poor decisions that I have made because I didn’t trust God and instead tried to take things into my own hands. That is what is at stake here. We have to trust God because the alternative is hard to bear. If we don’t trust, then we risk losing our faith. If we lose faith we lose hope and soon we will find ourselves in a deep dark hole of despair. Maybe you are there right now, in a darkness that you see no end. Trust God. Turn your life over to Him. Allow His light to shine and then you will see. You will have hope again. You will have peace even in the storm.