Archive | June, 2013

Week Thirteen: Peace For Dummies

11 Jun

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

John 14:27

This promise in scripture has given me great joy, confidence, and of course, peace over the last couple of months. But beyond that, it has caused me to dive deeper into the meaning of peace. When defining peace, one may think of ideals such as tranquility, harmony, and the freedom from oppression and troubling thoughts or emotions. However, these ideals can only remain ideals because the world that we live in is not tranquil, not harmonious, and not free. Don’t get me wrong, we may be able to briefly experience these feelings on Earth, but the peace that the Earth gives is fleeting, faulty, and easily tainted. In this scripture, Jesus is making it very clear that the peace that He intends for us to possess can only come from Him. The peace that He is gifting us with is not only a supernatural peace, but it is HIS supernatural peace. In James 1:17, we are told that “Every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows.” His peace is a gift and the gifts that God gives are perfect. This gift will not pass away, it will not change, and it will not be tainted due to circumstance like that of the world. The peace that Jesus gives is the peace that He had when He descended to Earth, maintained during temptation, and held on to when He was nailed to the cross. Peace can be a hard concept to grasp, especially in a world that prides itself on being busy but in Philippians 4:7, the Bible says that God’s peace is a shield for our hearts and minds. So when a storm begins to rage, just remember the disciples’ melt down in Mark 4:35-41. Jesus had so much peace during the storm that He slept while the waves broke over the boat. When the disciples woke Him, He rebuked the storm by saying “Peace. Be still.” And the storm ceased. The peace of the Lord, which dwells in us, has the power to calm the storm, guard our hearts and minds, and can grant us freedom, tranquility, and harmony, you just have to let go, and let the Prince of Peace rebuke the waves.

Pray: God, I thank You for Your peace. I ask that You would help me grasp what it truly means to rest in Your peace this week and help me to rest in that peace this week.

Ask Yourself: Do I find myself in a state of peace or in panic? Am I allowing fear into my heart or am I resting in the gift peace that God is offering to give me?

Apply: If you do not feel like you are living in the peace that the Lord talks about in His word, ask that you may receive His peace in your life. If you are resting in His peace, take the time to thank and praise God for the gift of peace and pray that resting in His peace would be your first response in any circumstances you may face this week.