When I wrestle with a challenging situation, I have trouble sleeping and my body aches. Although the Bible tells us, ““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 your minds in Christ Jesus,” (Philippians 4:6-7 NIV), I still worry. Knowing what I’m supposed to do doesn’t make it easier; it just makes me feel guilty because I can’t.
In particular, I wonder how on earth I’m supposed to thank God for everything. No matter how hard I try to find some positive aspect of a situation that perplexes me, I find it nearly impossible to apply the, “thanksgiving,” bit. With some troubles, I find no peace and wake multiple times every night in distress. That is, until one night when I found myself waking in the night with this cry in my heart, “You are the God who sees. You are the God who understands. You are the God with the power to save.” Peace descended on me like a warm blanket and I slept.
Finally feeling well rested the next morning, I found a glimmer of understanding. Maybe that Bible verse from Philippians doesn’t mean what I thought it meant. Maybe we are supposed contemplate who God is and thank Him for His ability to handle our problems, giving thanks to God for the opportunity to trust Him. He promised to give us peace. Our God is able to deliver on His promises, no matter what we face. It is unlikely that we will face a fiery furnace like Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, but if they could find peace and praise in their situation, surely God will also give us peace no matter what challenges we face. (Daniel 3:17).
Have a blessed day, enjoying the peace that comes from remembering who God is and what He can do.