Life is full of unavoidable stressors. There are times when we are at a place in life where we are finishing school, thinking about the future, or wondering what our next step is. Unfortunately, these uncertainties never expire, and life will never be predictable. As Christians, we are blessed to have hope of peace in God. We have a peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7), and this gift is far too precious to lose.
Uncertainties that we may be facing will linger, but so will God’s peace. His hand is extended, His gifts are available, and all we have to do is trust and pursue Him. Isaiah 32:17 states, “The effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.” This is a huge promise that allows us to have something that isn’t found in the world. Amid our trials, decisions, and life-changing events, we have an all-powerful God who gives us calm, peace, and quietness. What can we do to ensure that we will always have access to this amazing gift? Continue to expand your faith and grow in God’s wisdom.
The Bible is a Christian’s one-stop-shop for God’s answers. When searching for wisdom, peace, understanding, or the answer to any practical life question, a scan of the scriptures will surely bring you what you need. We are told how we can gain wisdom in Proverbs 2:6. This verse states, “For the Lord gives wisdom, from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.” We can’t do this alone. If you are searching for something in your life, if you need guidance, answers, or are just looking to expand your biblical knowledge, your first action should be going to God. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened,” Matthew 7:7.
We are told to ask for wisdom in James 1:5, and we have examples of those who received it. Consider Solomon in 1 Kings 3. He asked God for wisdom, and he became the wisest man that has ever lived. There is a great lesson in Solomon, and it shows the power of God and what He is capable of giving. He may not intervene directly in our lives as He did with Solomon, but He is still active and responsive to the needs of His people.
It is important to remember that we must play an active role in attaining wisdom, understanding, and peace. We must ask God, we must search the scriptures and familiarize ourselves with it, and we must know when to let go and let God take control. The first big active step that we take in our faith is deciding to be baptized. The connection that we form with God is what allows us to have access to peace with Him (Rom. 5:1). It opens the avenue of prayer, allows us to freely ask things of God, and gives us the ability to understand and dig deep in His word. Life is full of challenges, struggles, and confusing situations. You can probably think of several that you are experiencing right now. Baptism brings a new life that creates a relationship with the God of peace. God is not a God of confusion but of peace (1 Cor. 14:33). By keeping our relationship with Him strong, we will receive peace and wisdom that will provide clarity during life’s inevitable uncertainties.
Our relationship with God is the most constant, trustworthy, and meaningful relationship that we have. It is through Him that we are blessed, we can persevere, and we can find meaning and hope in an often hopeless world. “The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy, and good fruits, impartial, and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:17.
As young women, we are blessed to have the opportunity of a long life to serve Christ. When we face challenges, we will always have hope. Satan is always around the corner, and Christ is always our shield. If we live as we are commanded, ask for God’s wisdom, trust his word, and allow his peace to calm us, then we will fully reap the rewards of a life of righteousness. “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body, and be thankful,” Col. 3:15. As you move on to the next part of your day, I want to leave you with the serenity prayer as a reminder of a peaceful life.
Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change;
The courage to change the things I can;
And the wisdom to know the difference.
By: Allison Hill
Allison Hill lives in Oklahoma City and is currently studying Psychology at the University of Oklahoma. She recently got married to her high school sweetheart Hunter Hill. She enjoys teaching and writing and is grateful for the opportunity to help young girls learn more about God’s word.