Peace in Me
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.“
The opposite of comparison and competition is contentment. Being content brings peace to our circumstances. Peace doesn’t always feel easy! The Holy Spirit gives us strength to endure no matter what we lack (or what we have in excess). He enables us to bring peace in chaotic situations. Paul understood well that true peace, the kind that surpasses all understanding, comes from God. When we live for an audience of One, we always find contentment.
So does this mean we never need to work hard again? I want to make sure you hear my heart: Contentment is not the same as complacency. Contentment isn’t sitting silently on the sidelines. We can still wait actively by furthering our relationship and drawing closer to God. We can be content in any circumstances. We have to choose God over comparison.
1.) Think of times in your life when you experienced true peace. Was God your focus? If not, what brought about your peace?
2.) Thank God for the moments of peace He has given you. Repent of times you let chaos take over.
3.) Listen. Sit in the presence of God while playing this song and journal what you hear. What did God say to you during that song? Did He reveal new truth you haven’t heard before? Did He heal a broken piece of your heart? Don’t leave this moment quickly…