(Pastor Andy Cook shares this thought . . . )
In part of this country in the 1980s, when wolves were in danger of extinction, there was a special bounty offered for wolves caught alive. Each live wolf brought into captivity would bring $5,000! That turned two men, Sam and Jed, into fortune hunters. They headed for the forest. Day and night they looked for their $5,000 wolf, but they couldn’t find him. It was hopeless. One night, as they camped in a clearing, Sam awoke to find more than 50 wolves surrounding the camp. Their eyes were flaming and their teeth were bared. He nudged his friend and said, “Jed, wake up! We’re rich!” That’s a pretty good attitude!
Or what of the two men who were sent by a shoe manufacturer to a remote country to sell shoes? One wrote back: “I have terrible news. This is a God-forsaken country. Nobody here wears shoes. I’m coming home.” The other man wrote: “This is a wonderful country. I am so grateful you sent me to this territory. Nobody here wears shoes. Send me 5,000 pairs.”
What about the day when attitude won’t carry the day? What of the day when life’s circumstances are simply overwhelming? That’s when you need encouragement the most. Thankfully, that’s also the moment you might realize that encouragement like that is actually available!
The peace that passes all understanding is one of the most precious forms of encouragement that God has ever given us. It’s the solution for the pursuit of peace. It’s the peace that comes when we avoid impure actions. And it’s the satisfying answer in our chase for contentment, for the ability to actually enjoy life.