As we continue to face the day to day challenges of a global pandemic – the uncertainty, statistics, quarantines, jobs lost, increasing death tolls, etc., it’s understandable why people are afraid. Which is why what happened to me recently was such an eye-opener. I was driving in silence the other day, when out of nowhere I blurted out (to no one in particular) It Doesn’t Make Sense! As I thought about it, I started laughing and shaking my head; then I began thanking God and praising Him right there in the car.
What doesn’t make sense, you ask? It Doesn’t Make Sense how calm I am; how much peace I have; how assured I am that this too shall pass.
I thought about all the reasons I should be worried, anxious, or fearful; but in spite of everything that’s happening, all I feel is an un-explainable peace. As quickly as I thought about the negative, I was reminded of all the good. I thought about how God has truly taken care of everything concerning me. I thought about how He gave me instructions (for preparation) long before COVID-19; and even though it didn’t make sense then, it does now. I thought about how He is causing my house to still prosper, in spite of what’s going on in the world.
I share this because I want to encourage anyone who can’t seem to find any peace right now. What if I told you it was as simple as getting back to the basics – returning to our first love? God. What if I told you that all you have to do is eliminate distractions and seek Him? Instead of focusing on the problems (that you can’t solve anyway), focus on the Solution. God.
“When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed (Jeremiah 29:12-13 MSG).”
To help you get started, here are some declarations that you can begin to confess daily:
I will not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, I will let my requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and my mind in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).
My God shall supply all my need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, I will think on these things (Philippians 4:8).
I will not faint because I believe I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (Psalm 27:13).
Note: When we come to come to God, we must (first) believe that He is, and (trust) that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Diligently means with steady, earnest, and energetic effort. This means we can’t stop. These declarations, along with prayer, reading God’s Word, and remaining in His Presence should become a part of our daily routine, just like bathing and brushing our teeth, it’s necessary.
So, That Settles It. This is how to experience so much peace that It Doesn’t Make Sense. When we focus on God, His Word, and His Promises there’s not much room left for worry, doubt, fear, or anxiety – all that’s left is the Perfect Peace of God. Seek peace and pursue it! Remember, God is Peace.