So, here we are. One week into the second month of the year. How’s 2021 treating you so far? How’s your February been feeling?
Maybe you’re feeling hopeful and on track to achieving your goals for this year. Or maybe you’re feeling like your new year’s resolutions, like not eating junk food, or working out to burn off those extra post-Christmas pounds, didn’t quite go to plan! Listen – February is a new start to get back on track!
For me, February is shaping up to be a month of rest, inward focus, and preparation; of getting focused, and filling up. I believe some big things are lined up for this year, so February has been a month of fuelling for what’s to come.
However your February is looking, one thing is for sure: it’ll look even better if peace undergirds it. When your soul and mind are at peace, it’s amazing how even the most chaotic of life seasons can seem to quiet. So today, I wanted to share 3 scriptures I came across in devotionals recently that centre on this topic of peace, along with some words of encouragement. I hope they empower you.
As a child of God, remember that you’re covered, you have access to peace in every circumstance, and your life can become a prayer that produces peace:
1. You’re Covered
How beautiful and reassuring is this? Remember that God’s favour wraps around you and covers you in all seasons. No matter what life looks like now, You’re under the watchful eye and protection of our good, good Heavenly Father.
2. You can choose Peace in every Circumstance
‘In every circumstance’ means exactly that. In every circumstance, you can choose peace. The verse says ‘Do not let your heart be troubled’, implying that there is a level of choice here. We can either choose fear, or choose peace and faith. Throughout February and beyond, let’s choose to accept the peace Jesus promises He gives us access to always, as a free gift.
3. Your life can be a prayer that produces peace
As you can see from my note on the image of this verse, this verse stopped me in my tracks when I came across it. I want to challenge you today: what does this verse mean to you personally, right now? What would your life look like if it were a prayer? Is it being obedient? Is it trusting God more? Is it relinquishing control, or letting go of what’s holding you back from resting in Him?
In Philippians 4:6-7, we read in The Passion Translation:
Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, 7 then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.
We see here that ‘faith-filled’ prayer and ‘peace’ go hand in hand. So your life, once it looks like a prayer, will bear peace as a fruit and result. I encourage you therefore to meditate on what a life that resembles a ‘faith-filled’ prayer means to you, and then to use February to work towards that. I pray that that ‘peace that transcends human understanding’ will flow as a result!
I hope this encourages you! Let’s choose peace this February and beyond.
See you in March,
Photo: Jeffery Erhunse
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