Pathway to Peace
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. —Philippians 4:6-9
Have you ever been trying to get somewhere and you know where you want to be but you just can’t seem to find the way to your destination? So many want to arrive at peace but have no idea what path will take them there. That’s what I want to share today—how to find the path to peace.
The starting point for the pathway to peace is the trailhead, if you will. Every trail begins with a trailhead and many trailheads have a little kiosk where you get information about what’s ahead. Look in Philippians at the little kiosk Paul shows us so we can learn a little about the path ahead. It says, “Do not be anxious about anything . . .” The original word for anxious is a very interesting word. It means to be pulled apart. Would you agree that is what happens when we are anxious? Our hopes and dreams are over here on one side and our fears and doubts are on the other side. And this is literally pulling us apart. Depending on which side is winning this tug-of-war determines if we are on the pathway to peace.
Paul is saying, Don’t be pulled in every direction. Just keep focused on one direction; upwards. Trust God with your hopes and dreams. Let Him handle it. And think about these things:
1. God says to be anxious for nothing.
2. Worry is a waste of time.
3. Worry is a thief—it steals your attention from what really matters.
4. Worry gets you way off the pathway to peace.
Here is what you do: “In everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” That’s it. Then let it go. And if you don’t, you are saying, “God, I don’t think You can handle this situation. You made the universe, but You can’t tackle this.”
Lastly, make your petitions known with thankfulness, no matter what the situation is. In the middle of all your anxiety and worry, sweating and wringing of hands, thank God that He is already in the process of handling whatever the situation is.
That’s the pathway to peace. Stay on it. —Buddy Riddle
· What has been my definition of peace?
· How have I been trying to find it? What do I need to change?
Prayer – Almighty Father in heaven, thank You for being my Living Hope and teaching me the pathway to peace. Help me to truly trust You with my hopes and dreams and lift all my concerns to You. I know You can handle any situation that comes into my life. Give me the faith to trust You with anything. In Jesus’ name, Amen.