As a Christian, we know that we will face challenges in life. Jesus himself told us, "In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world" (John 16:33). It is during these difficult times that we need to turn to God to find peace. And let me tell you, that without God, I wouldn't have a clue how I would find the peace I so desperately need when I have walked through certain seasons.
The Bible reminds us that peace comes from God. Philippians 4:7 says, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." When we are going through challenging circumstances, it may be difficult to understand or see a way out. However, if we turn to God and trust in Him, we can find peace even in the chaos. I know as I type this I make it sound easier than it really is. But I promise you, that if you press in and push through the anxiety or worry, God will meet you.
One of the ways we can find peace is through prayer. When we pray, we give our anxieties and worries over to God. We may not receive an immediate solution or answer, but we can find comfort knowing that God is with us and that He is working for our good. In Philippians 4:6, which is one of my go to verses we are told, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."
Another way we can find peace is by staying rooted in God's Word. The Bible is a source of comfort, encouragement, and hope. Psalm 119:165 says, "Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble." When we read and meditate on Scripture, we can find strength and peace during challenging circumstances.
Lastly, we can find peace by staying connected with our Christian community. We were created for fellowship, and in times of difficulty, we need the support and love of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Hebrews 10:24-25 says, "And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another." I know for some this last suggestion may not be possible. You may have been hurt by the church or live remotely. I'm not sure of your circumstance, but I do hope you can reach out to even one person. If not... Worship your heart out. Turn that music up and praise God with all you have and let the Holy Spirit wash over you.
In conclusion, finding peace in challenging circumstances is possible when we turn to God in prayer, stay rooted in His Word, and stay connected with our Christian community or Worship. God promises to give us peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7), and we can trust in Him during even the toughest times.
If you need prayer, please feel free to email me or ask the women on my Facebook Page, they are amazing prayer warriors.