The Peace That Passes All Understanding
"And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm." - Matthew 8:23-26
Everything today is in a state of change and flux.
It is now routine for us to hear of the hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and fires that are devastating people's lives around the world. The prejudice, the genocide, the poverty, the threats of war, the terrorist attacks, the mass killings are all manifestations of our culture of corruption, division, hatred, violence and death.
Government leaders are tightening control of their citizens, keeping outsiders out, taking away what has been good and replacing it with the bad. And with each news story, we lose more of our faith in humanity and have come to distrust everyone around us.
Add to this our own personal troubles, relationship issues, work stresses and fear of the unknown. And though we are all more socially connected on the web, we actually have fewer good friends whom we can really trust. We privately harbor insecurity, isolation, emptiness and fear.
The noise, the yelling, the fighting, the bad news- there isn't a second of quiet and calm in our lives. All of these factors keep us in a perpetual state of unrest and uncertainty.
This is the world we live in today.
As Christians we have all heard: "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:7
The peace that passes all understanding. Jesus' peace.
What is this Peace?
Though we say we want the peace of God, in actuality we reject His peace in our life, our faith and our soul. Daily we allow our fears to flood into our hearts which then pushes out God's peace. We really distrust God to take care of us, so we try to control everything ourselves.
But we can't.
Many Christians say they have God's peace, but on closer examination, they live on the edge as if they are about to lose everything.
If we lack peace it is because we will not give ourselves over to Him. Our fear, our sin, our lack of faith...they all prevent God's peace from entering into our hearts.
Fear and peace cannot co-exist together.
The Peace of God comes with complete surrender to God. A peace that comes only from Jesus.
"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful." - John 14:27
A peace that calms our souls and reminds us that no matter what is happening with us, He is always with us.
His blessed assurance.
So instead of a racing mind that is always trying to catch everything before it hits us, we have His calm in the face of any oncoming storm.
It doesn't make any sense, but it is real.
But in order to experience God's peace we need to give our lives completely over to Him. Not only in our faith but also in the way we live and serve Him. There is no other way. It is as simple and difficult at the same time.
TRUST HIM with EVERYTHING.
Give God your worries, your fears, your anxiety and your life. And believe that He loves you, is there for you and only wants to take care of you.
But you must believe and keep believing.
When we can do this, even in the midst of trouble, trials and turmoil, He will give us His Peace.
"for He himself has said, ' I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU." - Hebrew 13:5b
It is a peace that cannot be taken away. That is His promise.
"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." - John 16:33.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." - Romans 15:13.
© 2017 Edrick
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