Agitated? Stirred up? Feeling like all is not well?
I Peter 3:4 talks about having a gentle and tranquil spirit. We all know that when we have a gentle and tranquil spirit, it is much better for us personally and it’s much much better for the people around us.
What causes our spirit to be agitated? We think it is circumstances but it’s not.
I Peter 3:5-6 gives us insight into what causes us to be agitated. It tells us about Sarah and other holy women who adorned themselves with a gentle and tranquil spirit. It tells us they were able to have this kind of a spirit because of two things.
- They were not afraid.
- They hoped in God.
I love that Sarah is mentioned. It gives me hope. If you remember Sarah, she was so agitated at one point in her life that she concocted one of the dumbest ideas ever to help God out with His promise. She offered her handmaid, Hagar, to her husband so they could have the promised child. Whoa! Not so gentle and tranquil! But somewhere along her journey, she became unafraid as she learned to hope in God.
If you’re feeling agitated today, ask yourself these two questions.
- What am I afraid of?
- Have I lost hope?
Remember God is always with you. Give Him your fears. Hope in God. Tell Him what you want. He may not give you everything you want but He will be with you always. Believe that He is good. Believe He will always give you what is best. Let His peace rule in your heart and in your thoughts. Philippians 4:5-7