I am notoriously an anxious person. Since I was a child, I have been anxious. I get anxious about everything, from the possibility of tripping as I walk past people, to whether or not I will be able to see my daughter grow up (out of fear of her or I passing away). Those are not fun thoughts, but they are honest ones. And I know I am not the only one.
Enter 2020. I know that I am not the only one who is utterly tired of hearing about the virus, and seeing the fear propagated everywhere we look, justified or not. Case numbers rise. Businesses struggle. People have become increasingly unhappy, with one another and with the circumstances in which we have found ourselves…
I could leave it at that, because that is enough.
Did you read that? “But God” is enough.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 | ESV
Despite all these things happening, despite the way the world looks, God is still on His throne, and is in control. None of what is happening was a surprise to Him. His plan was not foiled. And He alone knows when life as we know it will return to some sort of normalcy…but He is also the only one who knows what will happen tomorrow. No one else does. Not a reporter. Nor a doctor. Not the President of the United States. Only God alone.
What a comfort that is, isn’t it? That “But God” is enough.
The phrase “But God” has been a wonderful reminder in my life. It never mattered the size of the fear I found myself faced with.
I lost my job.
I lost both of my grandmothers within two months of one another.
My mother got sick, and she ended up in a wheelchair, disabled perhaps for the rest of her life.
There are dozens, hundreds more examples I could give you, from my own personal story. And I’m sure that you could fill in the blanks with your own struggles and problems.
That is the punctuation. God has the final say, and in that, we have utter freedom! We have the peace that surpasses all understanding in Christ…and let me tell you, that peace is no joke. When you pray, and you ask God for His peace…He will answer you, and He will give you that peace.
That is the peace that will cause others to look at you, and your struggles, and ask, “What is so different about you? How are you not going to pieces right now?”
And you can say, “My strength is in Christ, not in myself or my circumstances.”
He has freed us from the chains of fear, and anxiety. He is the one who punctuates our existence, not our fear. Let us take comfort – and peace – from that!
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