As promised this is now part 2 of the message I taught on at my local church last Sunday night. Today we are going to ponder remembering the source so we can keep our minds in perfect peace. What does perfect peace look like even? If you are like me its maybe sitting on a beach (not in the south) with a campfire, my dog, my wife, and some cream soda. Hearing the waves and feeling the world just drift away. However, in todays world, that peace can be very hard to find with everything screaming for your attention.
Let’s take a look at Matthew 6, shall we?
25 “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
We see a common theme here in this verse Jesus is telling us to not worry about the things that God freely provides for us. When we focus on worry, our lives become consumed by worry, not worship. We were made to worship the Lord. He made us to have relation with him and to worship Him in everything that we do. But when we start to worry about everything we then go away from what He has for us. We spend our time running are something that God has already said He would bring our way. The reason we do that is because when the enemy places worry and doubt, we start to insert our will of God’s will.
Jesus promises us that just like the birds and the flowers we will always have enough. Notice how it’s just enough. Not an overabundance, or a plethora. In today’s world, we are told we need more and more and more. But God says that we will have enough. Isn’t that more peaceful than trying to always have more? We always think our source of peace and joy are the things that we have. Take my example from above what my most peaceful moment would be. If you subtract the beach, fire, dog, wife, and soda…I should still be at peace. Why? Because God is my source of peace and God can’t give us peace unless we consider the source of our peace. Spending time with God and spending time in His Word allows us to put Him first in our lives. When we do that, everything else falls into place, which will keep our minds in perfect peace.