“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 4:6-7
Everybody is discouraged because this quarantine and our new schedules are causing tension in homes, offices, and souls. Everybody is getting worn thin. So, why don’t we take a minute, take an hour, take a day.
This is not going to last forever.
Right now, we can’t see the end. We are pushing forward at a pace that might be too much to maintain.
School is good, work is good, leisure is good, but God is best. We cannot forget that God is in control or we will lose our minds. We have to make time to read the Bible. We have to make time to pray. We are commanded by God to pray; we are not commanded to learn our math facts. Textbooks are beneficial but the Word of God is essential. Lesson plans are beneficial but prayer is essential.
God promises peace if we only lift up our concerns to Him and trust His plan.
Philippians 4:6-7 reminds us that we do not have to be anxious about anything. It also reminds us that one way to deal with our anxiety is to talk to God. Everyone- men, women, and children- talk to Him. Tell Him your fears, tell Him your doubts, but more importantly thank Him for His faithfulness. Thank the Lord because without His guidance we would not be able to make it through these troubled times. Without the grace of God, none of us would be able to rationally deal with the challenges we have been given.
We would fall apart.
So, we thank the Lord for His grace, for His steadfast love, and for His faithfulness.
We thank Him and then we get to work. Look for the lesson God is teaching you with each technical glitch, with each misunderstood homework problem, and remember that God put us here for such a time as this.
Give it your best and trust that He will take care of the rest. Do your work and then close the laptop and enjoy your family.
Our job now is to show the world how a Christian handles trials. We are living examples of how faith in God affects the lives of ordinary people.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ… Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame.” Romans 5: 1, 2-5
Written by Grace Welch