As we get closer to Christmas, I can’t help but think about those less fortunate around our world. On a local scale I am sadly reminded of the homeless I see driving throughout the Tampa Bay area or find myself hopeless observing people down on their luck stranded by the highway. If not for the fact I often have a four month old infant in the back seat, I would gladly stop to help… Then again, I should trust in God to protect me and my daughter.
I seem to have forgotten that God’s salvation is everywhere. When we allow His light to shine upon us, we let His peace flow within us. God promises peace to all those who trust in Him. “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
No human in this fallen world can be called perfect. But God promises to keep us in “perfect peace” if we keep our minds focused on Him and continue trusting Him.
So why do we find it so difficult to trust Him?
Often, it’s because we’re afraid that things won’t go as we want them to unless we control them ourselves. It seems the less we are in control, the more anxious and worried we become.
“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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 4:5-7)
The bible tells us “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
Though God commands us to trust in Him, we often think our situation is too difficult for God. If we can’t solve things ourselves, we doubt that He can. We have our Christian beliefs, yes, but that isn’t the same as believing God.
Believing God is a personal response that grows out of our Christian faith and is expressed by our increasing trust in Him and His promises. As our mind remains on Him, He keeps us in perfect peace. This has been the experience of countless believers, and you can experience it too. God can be trusted in the dark as well as in the light.
“Anyone who trusts in him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:11)
I invite all of you to give in to God and answer your calling. Trust your life to Him and strive to become a solid beam of light to all those around you!
We thank you for your unconditional love
And for your forgiveness in our sins,
We thank you for inspiring us
To be the very best we can be.
Lord we pray you will continue to lead our footsteps
And guide us to the way everlasting,
And that you will provide all we need
To serve you and witness to those around us.
May your light shine bright upon us
Upon our families, our friends
and all those in need.
God we love you and thank you for all that surrounds us!
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre