Dec. 30 - Nate Porter, Finding Peace in Your Current Situation
Wouldn’t it be nice if 2019 could become a year of pure peace for us? Unfortunately, as we all know, it is often difficult to find peace in our current situations, whatever they may be. Many of us live with an abundance of fear and anxiety in our lives, which strangles the life out of any peace we have. Perhaps we can learn how to find peace in any situation by looking to Joseph as an example.
Matthew 1:18-20 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. Because Joseph her husband was faithful to the law, and yet did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.
But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.
Austrian psychologist Viktor Frankl said, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” That space came for Joseph “after he had considered this” and the angel appeared to him. Within that space came an opportunity for three important steps that brought about peace for Joseph.
Revelation – New information was brought to light for him. We may not have an angel appear to us in that split second before we make a decision, but take a brief moment to ask God what he wants. Listen for his word and his guidance rather than allowing your impulses to steer you.
Redirection – Joseph was ready to pack up and leave Mary to avoid disgrace, but he surrendered to God and changed his course. Joseph had no doubt God knew better than him and he was willing to change his plans to allow for God’s will.
Rest – Joseph refused to be enslaved to the tyranny of the immediate and was able to find peace. When your will aligns with God’s you can rest knowing your choice was the right one.
How can you find peace with unexpected situations? Allow that space for God to reveal something to you, be willing to redirect, and you can find rest and peace in your circumstances. Jesus is the Prince of Peace! How can you go wrong when you invite the Prince of Peace into your situations?
Colossians 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.