Surviving the World
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
Aleppo. The name of this Syrian city has synonymous with pain and suffering. Imagine growing up as a child amid the bombed-out ruins and a civil war that shows no signs of stopping after five years. The adults surrounding them have let them down. Instead of a time of joy and a carefree life without many responsibilities, they face constant fear, wondering if they will live to see tomorrow.
Yet Aleppo is nothing new. The world has always been a dangerous place. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians while he was in jail. He had done nothing wrong, yet because of phony charges that were filed against him, he was arrested. Ultimately, he would wind up in Rome and be killed for his faith and public statements of belief in My Son, Jesus. Yet from a prison cell, he told people not to worry about anything, but just to tell Me what you need.
If grief and sorrow are part of your life—or, like the victims of a civil war, a daily reality—tell Me about it. I’m not saying the answers will come instantly or easily, but they will come. My peace can guard your heart and show you how to overcome your pain.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- What difference would the peace of God and singing spiritual songs make in your life? How could that help you deal with your wounds? What is preventing you from doing that?
- Watch this video about having a grateful heart. What feelings did you experience watching? How will this affect you tomorrow?