Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 NKJV
Is it possible to really have peace? There are wars and terrorist threats everywhere. Marriages end in divorce, even among Christians. Families are feuding, and churches are splitting. People are losing their jobs while others battle diseases to stay alive. We live with the threats of Ebola, identity theft and home invasions. Seriously, how can someone have peace?
Nothing I am about to say will sound logical because divine peace, the peace that Jesus gives us is illogical. It is not of this world. It surpasses all understanding and it is our gift from Christ. If He has given me this peace, why do I feel anxious when trouble comes my way? I have laid this precious gift upon a shelf. I choose to lean on myself when I need to pray and ask God to let me feel His peace.
Peace is strongly connected with thankfulness and contentment. An unthankful, discontent heart is never satisfied with their situation. The Christian who trusts God and understands that He is in control of all things realizes that everything in life has been allowed by God.
We don’t understand God’s purposes for the things that happen, but we know that He has a plan. That is the basis for peace. That is when we can stare fear in the face with peace. That is when we can be at peace while the families fall apart. That is how we get through unbearable torment. It is the peace that God gives His little children.
Friend, His peace is there for you. I pray every day to feel His peace. Will you join me today? Then, we can face the world with something they cannot understand – supernatural peace.
Read Philippians 4:6-12. Meditate on these verses and see how peace is intertwined with thankful prayers and contentment. Is there anything preventing you from feeling divine peace at this time? If so, ask God to remove it.
Dear heavenly Father, thank You for Your gift of peace. We need You to help us feel Your peace every day. Help us trust in Your sovereign plan for our lives so that we may feel peace during times of trouble. Amen.
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