Have you ever been assaulted by a whiplash of circumstances and more than anything needed peace to flood your soul?

That’s where I was.

In my quiet time, as I prayed, I sensed God saying, “Choose to look at the problems you face as opportunities to see me at work. Choose to view them as opportunities to trust me more.”

As I drove to work, I repeated to myself, “Problems are an opportunity to trust God more. Problems are an opportunity to trust God more. Problems are an opportunity to trust God more.”

Little did I know I was walking into a lion’s den full of opportunity that day.

As I opened the front door to the office that Monday morning, the alarm was chirping an unusual tone.
“What’s up with the alarm?” I asked my patient care coordinator.
“The phones are out again, and the alarm does that when the phones are out.”
“So neither patients nor referral sources can call in, and you can’t call out?”
“No. And we can’t receive faxes so they can’t fax in referrals and we can’t fax out reports.”
“When will it be fixed?”
“They can’t tell us. They’ve been down since Thursday.”

I rolled my overstuffed briefcase back to my office, unlocked the door, flipped on the lights and got ready for the day, all the while trying to remember that problems are an opportunity to trust God more.

I booted up the computer and attempted to check emails that had come in since the previous week, only to find that not only were the phones down, but so was the internet. Really? What was that about problems being an opportunity to trust God more?

With phones out and internet down, our business was pretty much crippled. I headed back up to the front office to let staff know about the internet outage just as the overhead light went dark. It seemed a foreshadowing of the rest of the day.

Patients came in and complained about not being able to get through on the phone.
The alarm kept beeping every 20 seconds as a constant reminder of the chaos swirling about us.
Everywhere we turned there were problems to contend with.

By the time I got home from the office, I’d had it. The dog had had an accident, and for me it was the last straw. Something so trivial caused a cascade of tears to flow. Right then I could relate to the words of Job, “I have no peace, no quietness; I have no rest, but only turmoil” (Job 3:26 NIV).

What I craved more than anything was His peace.

The best place to find His peace was in His presence, and in His word. So when the storms of life threatened to toss my sails, I chose to stay anchored in the truth of His word. Below are my favorites for when I need an infilling of His peace. They didn’t change my circumstances, but they did change my focus and that brought renewed peace by focusing on God rather than on the problems.

Bible Verses When You Need an Infilling of God’s Peace

15 Bible Verses When You Need Peace. #Christianity #peace #BibleVerses

“But the Lord said to him, ‘Peace! Do not be afraid. You are not going to die.” (Judges 6:23)

“Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him” (1 Samuel 1:17).

“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety” (Psalm 4:8 NIV).

“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord bless his people with peace” (Psalm 29:11 NIV).

“I will listen to what God the Lord says; he promises peace to his people, his faithful servants—but let them not turn to folly” (Psalm 85:8 NIV).

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you” (Isaiah 26:3 NIV).

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you. (Isaiah 54:10 NIV).

“Do not be afraid, you who are highly esteemed,” he said. “Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” When he spoke to me, I was strengthened and said, “Speak, my lord, since you have given me strength.” (Daniel 10:19 NIV).

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27 NIV).

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 NIV).

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1 NIV).

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NIV).

“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you” (Romans 16:20 NIV).

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7 NIV).

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you” (2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV).

May I pray for you?

Father God,
Sometimes life is just hard, and chaos abounds, Help us to welcome you into the chaos with your peace, the peace that you give, that the world cannot give. Help us to look above the circumstances, and instead look to you. Help us to put our trust in you, for you say then we will not be disappointed. We trust you now, in Jesus’s name, Amen.

A Prayer When You Need Peace #prayer #peace #Christianity

Because of Him, #PeacePrevails!

 

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