John and Audrey recently led devotions for us.

They started in prayer, followed by a reading from Philippians 4:4-9

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you

Sometimes we can read these words, but we just don’t feel it! With the busyness of life and when things don’t go according to plan it is difficult to hold on to these words- to rejoice in the Lord always.

However, God is a God who listens and hears and we should bring everything to Him in prayer. Sometimes though, things don’t work out how we hope for, or ask, or expect and we can wonder where the God of peace (mentioned in v9) is- we can sometimes feel there is no peace.

Perhaps in this situation we ought to look at where we are focussing our thoughts- perhaps we should focus on things that are lovely, nice, pure true etc. If we fix our eyes on easy things to thank Him for then we may know something of His peace.

What are we thankful for?