Cause and Effect

In our lives, we all desire to have peace.  We all want to know that assurance that God is with us, that He loves us, and that everything will be ok.  And here’s the good part.  In scripture, we are promised that will happen.  In scripture, over and over again, we are promised peace.

We are promised what the Bible calls the peace that passes all understanding.  We are promised a peace that is so good, so powerful, so comforting that we cannot even understand it.

Wow!  What a promise!  What a hope!  Something to look for, something to hope in!  That peace that passes understanding.  Look at what it says in Philippians 4:6-7:

6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

cause-and-effect-essaysThat peace that passes understanding will guard our hearts.  That’s what we desire.  But look what the text tells us about when that peace comes.  First don’t worry.  But then, with prayer and supplication, make your requests known to God.  And the peace that passes all understanding will guard your heart and mind.

You will have your heart and mind guarded by God’s peace.  You will.

But first, you have to give those requests to God.  You have to take your worries, your fears, your doubts, all these things, take them to God.  Give them to Him.  And then that peace will guard your hearts and minds.

Yes, He gives us peace.  But that peace comes only through our prayer life.  It’s a cause and effect type of thing.  We pray, we receive peace.  We give our concerns to Him, we receive peace.  We lay them before Him, we receive peace.

Today, God really does offer you this gift of peace.  It’s yours.  He wants to guard your heart and your mind.

But first you’ve got to give it to Him.  He can’t help you, unless you give it to Him.  When we do that, though, that peace comes.

Today, may we all know that peace that passes understanding.  And may we find that peace when we find His face in prayer.  And may we find our hearts, and our minds, guarded by Him.

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