God’s Peace and Joy

Sep 27, 2023 | The Chuck Wagon

“The earth is the Lord’s, and all it contains,The world, and those who dwell in it.” Psalm 24:1; NASB

Believers in Christ will admit to believing the truth of this verse, and yet allow worry, fear, stress, and even depression to affect their daily lives. Do you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or stressed about life? If so, ask yourself why. If you can come up with a reason of why it makes sense for you to feel the way you do, it’s guaranteed you are not looking at it through God’s eyes. Believing something is true and having faith that it is true for you are sometimes two very different things.

It is best if we first look at this verse and what it is telling us. God sees and knows everything. He is ultimately in control of everything. The Lord has allowed the devil to act as a prince in this world. Paul tells us in Eph. 2:2, “… according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience.” This in no way diminishes God’s authority over everything, including the devil himself. Satan has no authority God does not allow him to have. We have no reason to fear the devil or whatever he might do. Scripture tells us, “But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen and protect you from the evil one” (2Th. 3:3).

Although most believers know these things to be true, they tend to allow the things of the world to create worry or fear. I attribute much of this dilemma to what I call the “yeah but” syndrome. “Yeah, I know God loves me, but …” You can fill in the blank. Another is “yeah, I know God’s in control, but I haven’t been good enough for Him lately, so I don’t know if He will help me.” The “yeah but” can always give you an out. If you are honest with yourself, you will find you are more comfortable worrying than with letting things go. The same goes for fear and guilt.

We feel guilty about certain things in the past because we are conditioned to feel that way about our mistakes. We worry because it is a natural response to uncertainty. Fear is a natural response as well. Most of our fears and worries are about things we have no control over. In Romans, Paul tells us to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” (12:2). Part of that renewing involves a different view of the things of the world. In Christ, we can let go of our guilt, worry, and fear, knowing that we are forgiven for the past, and He is watching over us because we are His. Anything that happens in a believer’s life, God has allowed. Since we know that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love Him (Rom. 8:28), we can rest in knowing He is in control and we will ultimately spend eternity with Him.

The earth, and all it contains, belongs to the Lord. The more time you spend with Him quietly contemplating this truth, the easier it will get to let go of whatever might be concerning you. Jesus said, “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Mt. 11:29-30). Doing this might be a challenge at first, but it is well worth the effort it takes. God’s peace and joy is there for all believers to enjoy. It is an inner peace and joy that is not determined by anything that happens in this world. Receiving that peace and joy is a choice every believer can make at any time.

God bless and have a great week.

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