As we wrap up a very strange year, I wanted to share with you some things that are on my heart. If one thing is for certain, there is a lot of fear that has been created because of this pandemic. Fear of all kinds. Fear can be a good thing because it has a way of getting our attention and is a reminder of how much we need God in our life.
Fear or the interpretation of situations around you occurs when we take our eyes off of God. In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul wrote the following:
6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
7 Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
I think that this provides not only a great message for a new year. It also provides reason to be thankful during this Christmas Season.
“Don't worry about anything” - anything covers all categories
“Pray about everything” – everything includes, well everything! The smallest of issues to the biggest of issues. Don't forget to pray!
“Tell God what you need” - Know that He will provide as He sees is best for your life. Adopt the belief/truth that He is orchestrating everything in your life for your own good and His Will for your life.
“Thank him for all he has done” - Practice a life of gratitude - it is heard to worry when you are in a place of pure gratitude.
“Then you will experience God's peace” - It is a peace that you are on the right path. A committed, surrendered life is the right path and the safest place you can be.
“Which exceeds anything we can understand” – The highest level of peace and confidence. It is unexplainable.
“His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus” - Peace will block the worry and fear as you live in His Will for your life. That peace will provide confident direction – a place of no fear.
It is uncertain what 2021 brings. It is with certainty what God can do if we give Him a chance. Be certain and live 2021 fearlessly!
Merry Christmas to you and your Families