Note: This is the fourth in a five part series on devotionals for adults from CentriKid camps. See part one for more information.
STATION 4: Peace Through encountering God’s presence
One of the biggest detractors from peace in our lives is fear. Every one of us has some sort of fear or worry that creeps in our life each day. It might distract us from our work; it might keep us up at night. You may have fear related to your kids. You may have fear related to your health or your well-being. You may have fear that you will never accomplish your dreams. Whatever the cause or whatever the situation, fear has the power to take away our peace, our happiness, and our hope.
Fear might cause us to have a negative and false view of ourselves, especially when we compare ourselves to the “perfect people” around us. Ultimately, fear causes us to lose sight of the overwhelming, perfect, and constant presence of God at work in our lives.
Read the following passages:
In Scripture, Jesus directly says 21 times to “not be afraid” or “fear not” or “have courage” or “take heart.” God knows the concerns of your heart and He is battling them on your behalf.
Below is an eye chart. Can you read all of the letters on the chart?
Now, read the list of worries below. Count how many of the following are known to worry you:
- Safety of Kids
- Not reaching my goals
- Being appreciated
- The future
- Job security
- Not making a difference
- Making the right decision
- The future
Try looking at the eye chart again, but this time, take a step back for each worry you had. Did the poster look as clear as it did when you were up close?
Each of these worries represents a fear that we all may have at some point in our lives. This eye exam is a reflection of our lives.
The point in this eye exam is more of a test of faith than a test of our eyes. When we look at life through the lenses of fear, our view becomes distorted and not filled with peace. You must constantly strive to view life through God’s spiritual, corrective lenses so you can see clearly and realistically. You have the freedom to choose not to focus on your fears, but to focus on God. The steadfast peace of God’s presence is stronger than any fears or challenges that are holding you back.
Read Psalm 121 this week as you continue to focus on the peace of God’s presence casting out your daily fears.