We return and exchange merchandise to stores and warehouses all the time. It’s not a problem for them; just show your receipt. They’ll restock it and sell it to the next customer.
What if we could exchange our worries for peace as easily as it is to return goods to a store, would we? Well, God has it where His peace is available for whosoever will. So, why do many of us settle for uneasiness rather than resting in this amazing peace? That’s the question I asked myself when I faced a fearful situation last week.
. . . casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]. (1 Peter 5:7 AMP)
In many of my past writings, I mentioned how important it is to let God handle all our anxieties by:
- Spending quality one-on-one time with God.
- Finding Scriptures that speak to the problem at hand.
- Putting on and keeping on the armor of God.
- Listening to God and obeying His Word.
- If the situation persists, fast and pray.
I’m a staunch believer and doer of all those points. However, those points didn’t help last week like they had in the past. I wanted peace, but I couldn’t grasp it long enough for it to take hold—something was wrong. So, I asked God: Why can’t I receive Your peace? I’m doing everything that I know to do.
God was growing my faith.
That’s when the Holy Spirit put this in my heart: Sure you prayed about it and you covered everything on your list, but you missed an essential point: You never exchanged the problem for My peace. You haven’t totally let it go. What I excused in the past won’t work anymore. It’s time for you to take the next step of faith—and really trust Me.
Letting go is the beginning of faith.
God was right, of course. Because I continued to worry, I hadn’t made the exchange. I received that revelation; I know without a doubt that was a word from Heaven. Now I’m sharing it with you to use if it applies to your situation. But to be perfectly honest, I’m still working through it—I’m in the process of learning how to make this exchange. Totally letting go is easier said than done for a lot of us. Yet, the fact still remains:
No exchange—no peace!
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)
See you next week on Paulette Talks Faith.