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May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014

"Accept What Cannot be Changed"

“I’ve learned how to be content with whatever I have.  I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything.  I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.  For I can do everything through Christ who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4: 11 – 13 NLT

Worrying, being resentful, feeling bitter or guilty about things that cannot be changed will not give you peace.  The only thing that will bring peace in your life is the acceptance of such things.

A friend in AA once shared that insight with me that acceptance is the solution to every problem.  Acceptance doesn’t mean you like it.  It means you’ve accepted that you have no control over it.

Once you’ve accepted that you can start to use your energy to deal with it rather than fighting it or being resentful.  Our verse for today says that Paul has learned to be content.  He’s in jail, yet content. That definitely has to have something to do with God's peace.

He could have spent a lot of time talking about changing his situation or being resentful of God.  He knew it wouldn’t get him anywhere.  Instead, he trusted God for the things he could not change and chose to give God the glory.

He didn’t ask God for an explanation.  That makes us more tense waiting on God to give us that explanation.  Remember, He’s God.  Who are we to ask Him to explain Himself?

When you stop trying to change things that are out of your control, you will have peace.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don