How to Find Peace in Him
Have you ever wondered, “I thought I’d have my life together by now…”, “Is this what I’m meant to be doing?” or perhaps ever thought, “Am I going in the right direction?” or “Am I doing enough?”. I recently pondered these questions, and found myself instantly stressed because without realizing it, I was trying to find affirmation in what I was doing, rather than who God has called me to be.
At the beginning of the year, I asked God for a single word that would help outline what 2017 would entail. The word that came to mind was, “Release.” Instantly I felt God show me things in my life that I needed to let go of to find true liberation in the freedom and peace of Christ.
I would love to share with you the two things I’ve learnt along the journey that have helped me to release and find peace in Him.
1. Be Still
If there were one thing I continually have to remind myself of daily, it would be that I don’t need to have it all together, I can be still and simply know that he is God. This is not a position of failure or defeat, but a position of faith and boldness in Him. Standing in a position of surrender releases stress and anxiety from our mind and fills us with the peace of God.
If anyone were to understand what we are going through, it's God. He loves for us to be honest and authentic with him in how we think and feel; he is not hurt by it. Philippians 4:6-7 teaches us to "be anxious for nothing but in ALL things, by prayer and petition. Present your request to God and the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus."
Despite how we feel or what our circumstance looks like, we can be still in the truth of His Word, and find peace in the knowledge of his perfect mercy and sovereign grace.
2. Release to Receive
In the book of Proverbs, God calls us to "trust in him with all our hearts, and to lean not on our own understanding, but rather submit to him in all our ways and he will make our paths straight." We can’t live our lives well if we do it alone. God has given us the Holy Spirit, the ultimate comforter. Through the work of Jesus on the cross, we are children of the Most High. When we release ourselves to wholeheartedly surrender to Him, we find ourselves in his presence, and begin to become more like Jesus, who is our constant hope and reassuring help.
About Olivia Saler
Olivia is a 22 year old aspiring florist with an advanced diploma in Christian Leadership and Theology. She attends C3 Church Oxford Falls and volunteers in the Young Adults department. Liv enjoys having a quality laugh with her friends and family alongside a great cup of tea!