Craving God’s Peace in a Season of Storms and Stormy Attitudes

Written by: Scotty Smith

Philippians4:6-8 – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need,

Heavenly Father, thank you for catching every care we cast, taking every burden we offload, and welcoming every worry we leave at your throne of grace. You know our needs better than we do, but a couple stand out early in the Fall of 2017.

We're weary of the biting and devouring presently marking our culture. When did meaningful dialogue get supplanted with grenade-throwing diatribe? It feels like a partisan dance between angry sharks and ravenous piranha. All the vitriol, rancor, and contempt are wearing us down and out.

We're also saddened by the environmental disasters of recent weeks. Hurricanes, and now ravaging fires, have pillaged homes and hopes, landscapes and lives. We long for Jesus' return, Father. We long for all things broken to become all things new.

and thank him for all he has done.

Thank you for what you’ve already done? That’s easy, Father. You’ve given us Jesus--who is our righteousness, holiness, and redemption; and our loving Bridegroom, constant Advocate, and returning King. No matter how whatever else is going on in our hearts, country, and world, this we can say with confidence, Jesus is Lord!

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.

We gladly receive the promise and provision of your peace, Father. We don’t have to understand everything. We know your timing is perfect and your ways are incomparable. Guard our vulnerable, wandering, impatient hearts with a greater measure of your peace, wisdom, and kindness.

8 And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

By faith, we set our mind, affections and gaze upon you, Lord Jesus--the author and perfecter of our faith; our merciful Savior and mighty Lord; the fountain of grace and the ground of all hope. For you are the most true and honorable, right and pure, lovely and admirable One in all of space and time. So very Amen we pray, in your tender and triumphant name.



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