Panic To Peace
The other day I found a sign for a friend that says, "God grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change." I thought of her because she has been on my prayer list. Her child has made some bad decisions. While my heart breaks for the situation it also breaks my heart that others want to judge my friend because of a decision her child made. I beg you please do not blame my parents for my bad decisions. They raised me in a Christian home with morals to the best of their ability but they could not be with me 24/7 and I had free will.
When bad things happen we either want to stay in control or we want to throw our hands up and be done! Either choice, we are moving farther from God. We may not be able to change this situation. And on top of our hurts from the situation it hurts to to think we are being judged. While we may not know God's plan we do know that it is to prosper us! And our children. Jeremiah 29: 11, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
According to google the definition of serenity is the state of being calm, peaceful, and untroubled. Depending on the severity of what you may be going through I can only think of one way to have serenity! Ask God to grant you serenity. We are not in control of everything even if we want to be. There is a reason the prayer starts with "God, grant me..." It starts with us...we have to ask for that peace. God is always right there just waiting on us.
God has promised us a supernatural peace when we come to him in prayer. Philippians 4: 7, "And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." He tells us that He gives us this peace so we do not have to be troubled or afraid. John 14: 27, "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."
Psalm 20: 1, "May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you. "
Want serenity? Let go and let God!
Where do we turn when our hearts are troubled and our minds confused by all that is happening?