I continue to think a lot about peace – Love this verse: Philippians 4:6-7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
God is offering you a peace today that is deep and real. He doesn’t force His peace on you; He offers you His peace as a gift you need to accept by faith. Accepting that gift starts by praying and laying before Him your soul burdens. As the passage continues God encourages us to pray with Thanksgiving as we think about God’s power and love.
The result is that God brings His peace that is so real and so deep.
As I study peace in God’s Word I see two major kinds of peace:
- Peace with God – In I Thess 5:23 God describes Himself as “The God of peace…”. It is from the endless well of peace that God dips His hand into and offers you a portion of His peace. His peace transcends all our understating. In Hebrew the word for peace is “Shalom”. It was used as a greeting and describes a sense of security, well-being and rest. Peace with God comes through Christ and what He has done at the cross for you and I. We can know salvation and eternal peace for our souls.
- Personal peace – It is from that restored relationship with God that personal peace comes that is deep and real. Psalm 4:8 says “I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety”. LOVE THAT!! Jesus, in John 14, was preparing his closest followers for His impending death. He says, in verse 27 “Peace I will leave with you, my peace I will give to you, not as the world gives, don’t let your heart be troubled…..”
Peace starts by being restored with God. Any other peace we seek in life is, at best, is short lived. Peace grows when we respond in faith to Christ. Peace comes as we trust God with our everyday burdens and cares. God is in control and God has a plan. It isn’t the absence of tough times that results in peace, it’s the faith-focused trust that is expressed in the hardest of times that results in a peace that transcends understanding.
As I studied and prayed God led me to four possible reasons why I’m not at a place of soul peace:
- Trust – I’m doubting God – His power – his presence
- Prayer – I’m trying to sort the situation and not bringing it to Him
- Time with God – I’m not spending time in His Word and Worship
- Confession – I have junk in my life that I need to confess to Him and ask for His forgiveness for.
As I prayed and prayed about my soul angst God led me to two encouraging truths:
The future is God’s and not mine! I pray for answers but what I really need is Him!
Say to your soul – chill and trust!!