Seeking and Receiving His Peace
My name is Hayley Mosby. I’m a senior this year, and I wanted to share a verse that has brought me encouragement during our time of quarantine. This past week’s devotion recommends reading Scripture as a way to stay connected to the mission of God. 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18 is a piece of Scripture that I felt the Lord put on my heart during this trying season we are all living in right now. My favorite pieces of this passage are “make your life a prayer” and “in the midst of everything be always giving thanks” because they speak to the peace the Lord not only wants to give us during this time, but also wants us to seek out and receive through prayer and spending time with Him.
Staying at home and being socially distant has put many aspects of my life into perspective, and I never realized until now how much I took for granted. And though I’ve been filled with uncertainty and overwhelming amounts of stress at times, I’ve been encouraged and reminded with this passage that anxiety and fear is not from the heart of God. He promises to give us everlasting joy and peace in Him alone when we lift our eyes to Him and place every part of our lives into His hands. Instead of focusing on what I’ve lost this last year of high school, I’m choosing to look at all the good the Lord has blessed me with—a loving family, friends, college in the future—and not allow the circumstances that are plaguing our world right now be what determine my source of life and hope. Although every day presents new challenges and roadblocks, I know that there is a greater and mightier plan that is at work within me and throughout the rest of the world because of Him.