Three kinds of peace are mentioned in the Bible. They are Peace with God, Peace of God and Peace on earth. Peace with God comes at salvation. Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” The peace of God comes with surrender (Phil 4:7). Peace on earth will come at Jesus' second coming (Isaiah 2:1-4).
Our focus today is on the peace of God. We're talking about peace in times of trouble. Paul says we are to stop worrying. That's easier said than done at times
The key to having the peace of God is having a thankful heart. Why is thanksgiving the key to peace?
Thanksgiving calls for looking up. Storms in life may make thanksgiving difficult
We all go through times of trouble. Jesus said in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
The Pilgrims endured many hardships. Sickness, loneliness was common place. Nearly half of them died the first winter. A summer drought caused them to look up to God in prayer. A gentle rain came in answer to that prayer. A good harvest resulted in the first Thanksgiving. Looking up to God, our Helper, causes us to be a thankful people.
Thanksgiving calls for looking around. We all have many blessings and ought to give thanks for them. Consider Psalm 103, the psalm of thanksgiving. “...Forget not all His benefits...” These benefits include forgiven sins, daily health, food, family, church family, friends. We ought to start each day thankful for His many benefits. The benefits of God's love and grace. The benefit of salvation by faith. The benefit of having a Bible. We have the privilege of prayer. We don't have to be worrisome, because prayer makes God's blessings available. Thanksgiving adds expectation to prayer and allows faith to expect answers
Thanksgiving calls for looking ahead. Doubt cringes and cowers, afraid of what tomorrow may bring. Faith welcomes the future with optimism, expecting the best. Paul reveals what a thankful heart contains. It contains things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, good, virtuous (Phil 4:8). Thanksgiving allows us to believe the best is yet to come. Is your mind a place for thankful thoughts to dwell?
Until next time...enjoy the journey!
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