Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4-9 NASB
Watching the news with hurricane Laura, as the reporters were showing the effects of the hurricane, they would step out in the elements to show the force of the storm. The wind and rain battering them as they would talk, it was all they could do to stand. Then they would step back to their safe place, which was usually a concrete building and everything was calm. They could still see and show the force of the storm but it had no effect on them. That was kind of what I thought about with these verses. Right now we have a storm raging that really can knock us off our feet but we have a safe spot that protects us from any of the effects of the storm, the peace of God. During the storm and right after, there are the first responders. In this storm, certainly, someone that stands out to me as being a first responder is our school teachers who have to assess the damages as they are working with their students and trying to get things back to some sense of normal. Right now, at this point of the storm, there is not much I can do but I can and will continue to be in prayer for our first responders, the school teachers and the administration who are definitely out in the middle of the storm. I pray that God's peace would protect them from any of the effects of the storm and give them wisdom as they do the job God has called them to. First we are given God's peace then we are told, not only do we have His peace, but the God of this peace is also with us. We can be sure, the Lord is near us, always.
by Ken Edgerly