GIF Peace and Passivity
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen”
(Ephesians 3:20 – 21)
Peace and Passivity
by Chuck Bentley
When you’re facing a crisis, it’s important to be peaceful rather than passive.
Being passive means you allow yourself to suffer through something that you might be able to change by making a little effort. You may even wallow in self-pity and believe you’re suffering because of past sins and that God no longer cares.
Peace is entirely different. It means you’re doing all you can to change your circumstances, but you’re not worrying. You know that even if recovering from your crisis is difficult and requires a long time, then perhaps God wants you to learn something from the process.
Don’t worry, because when you do, you take on a responsibility that belongs to God. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NIV). When you worry, you’re essentially saying to God, “You’re not in control.” Instead, be at peace, knowing He remains sovereign.
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27 NKJV).
In times of crisis, do all you can to change the situation and trust God to do the rest. His greatest saints had to learn to handle heartaches and disappointments. Reading about their defeats will bring you insight, and reading about their victories will give you hope.
Daily Scripture Reading:
Revelation 1 – 3