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The Rest of Peace

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In the busyness of school and work, it is easy to become overwhelmed and stressed out. The list of things that need done gets long and deadlines approach faster than we ever expected which increases our worries. Add in a family or friend situation and our anxiety levels rocket off the charts. As Christians, this is not how we are supposed to live. We are to hand our cares to God and find our rest in Him, which, in turn will reveal the peace of God to those around us.

Handing our cares and worries over to God gives us peace which keeps us from falling into doubt, as stated in Philippians.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7, NIV).

God wants us to lay aside our worries because it is good for us. He says again to “[c]ast all [our] cares on Him because He cares for [us],” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV). This is for our benefit! God wants us to give Him our burdens so He can give us peace because He cares for us but also because He wants to bless us. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose,” (Romans 8:28, NIV).

Sometimes we have trouble with this because we do not want to let go and trust God to handle our problems. However, He is perfectly capable to work them out. In Psalms 121, David talks about how God is always with him and points out that God never sleeps. There is nothing too hard for Him, as God Himself tells us, “I am the LORD, the God of all mankind. Is there anything too hard for Me?” (Jeremiah 32:27, NIV). Because of this, we are able to rest once we have handed things over to God. As David said in the Psalms, “I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety,” (Psalms 4:8, NIV).

In addition to giving us rest, peace is also a sign of God working in our lives because it is part of the fruit of the Spirit; “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law,” (Galatians 5:22-23, NIV). This means that when we have peace in our lives, people can tell that we have the Holy Spirit in our lives and opening up a door for us to show them that they can have peace, too, by placing their trust in Jesus Christ and his plan for our lives.

Our faith in Jesus should give us peace but it only works if we give him our worries and cares. It is a two-way street; we have to trust God and let go so that he can have control because he can take care of whatever is bothering us. Doing so will cause the fruit of the Spirit to become evident in our lives and enable us to help others receive the peace that we have found in Christ.

 “What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?” ( Romans 8:31, NIV)

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Kelsey Gerhard ‘23


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May 19, 2021