“Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, Rejoice. Let your forbearance be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”
I remember singing this verse as a song at Vacation Bible School as a kid. Back then, I didn’t have much to worry about. I wasn’t nearly as stressed as I am now as a student. But every time I hear this verse, I am reminded of the VBS song. As I get older, I am required to take on more responsibilities and make decisions for myself. Currently, I am going through the controlled chaos called high school junior year. I often feel overwhelmed and incapable of succeeding.
However, I was recently reminded that life does not need to be completely chaotic. Today’s verse states, “The Lord is at hand. In nothing be anxious.” How relevant that is in my life, and in today’s society, as well. We often find ourselves lost in stressful situations and busy-ness so the things that really matter get left behind.
In our weakness, He is strong; every time I was weak and needed His strength, He was there. Yes, the issue was still there, but when I asked Him to help me through it, He became the strength in me flooding my very being with peace.
The first step is simple, realize you are in the middle of chaos. Your chaos may be family life, school, work, or something else. But you must first realize where you are, so you can determine where you need to go. Second, as instructed in today’s verse, start with prayer and thank God for His goodness and mercy because that will not only take your mind off the problem, but will direct your focus to His love and grace. Third, supplication means, “to ask for something earnestly and humbly,” meaning you must be sincere.
When you ask for peace, do not ask in anger. Pray like this, “Thank you, Lord, that you have given me grace and mercy in this circumstance. I ask you to give me the strength to ________,” NOT praying like, “Dear Lord, give me the strength not to throw something at ______ , because they really made me mad. I’m already stressed with ______ , so just make them realize they are wrong.”
Humble, earnest prayer takes your focus away from anger and stress, allowing you to see what is most important, and dwell in His peace. Therefore, I challenge you to find any chaos in your life, pray about it, and direct your attention to finding your peace and strength in Christ.