Colossians 3:15 (KJV)
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.
Peace. When we think of the word peace, we think of tranquility, doves, calm seas, gentle breezes blowing, and everything being smooth sailing in our lives. However, there can be peace and calm in the midst of a whirlwind! We have to let peace rule our hearts and minds. Peace is trust. Peace is saying I know that things are not going good right now, but regardless of the outcome, in end all will be well. If we trust that God knows best, and is in control of our lives and destiny, then we will have peace about our situation. We will also be thankful because of it. Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” If we trust God, we will have faith that He will take care of us, and our situation according to His will. But, we have to let the peace of God rule. We have to choose to not live in worry and fear. I know it can be awfully hard sometimes, when we are looking at situations, deadlines, our bank accounts, or doors being shut, etc. But, when we have trust and faith, peace will automatically come.
John 14:27 (KJV) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
God will not let us go through life without equipping us with what we need to handle all that we face. He freely gives us the peace that we need so that we will not make ourselves sick with worry and fear. But, we have to receive it and not let the peace go to waste so to say. The world can give us false peace, false hope, and false sense of security. Inevitably, the world will let us down and disappoint us. That’s why Jesus said not as the world giveth. With the peace that He gives, you can count on it. He will never disappoint His children.
How can we get peace?
Philippians 4:6-8 (KJV) 6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Here we find the answer to that question. Paul told the Philippians to not worry about anything, but to pray for their needs, then the peace of God that surpassed their knowledge, would keep their hearts and minds. How? Through Christ Jesus. We must follow the same instructions in order to receive God’s peace. Another thing we can do is change our thoughts. If we constantly think negative things, we are going to have negative feelings. Have you ever heard of the saying, “you are what you eat”? It is the same with our mental and emotional part of our body. If we consistently feed our minds worrisome, fearful, and anxious thoughts, our hearts will absorb it, and we will be an emotional wreak! So, Paul addresses this issue and gives a list of things to think on. If we do this, our state of mind will be peaceful.
Worry is the darkroom in which negatives can develop. - Wanda E. Brunstetter
I came across this quote several years ago and loved it because it provided a vivid image of what thoughts of worry will do. So, let us let the peace of God rule our hearts and minds so positive things can develop and prayers can be answered. I have had a lot of prayers answered here lately, but every time I have needed something or was worried about something, I just gave it to God, and prayed. When I started to worry or the devil started to torment me about it. I would just give it back to God, and leave it there. I found myself at peace, and the situations worked out. It happened not because I’m something special, but I have been trusting and having faith that God would work it out according to His plan, and that He would fix it. Then peace came because I knew it was being taken care of by God. Oh, what a wonderful feeling to know that He is on your side, and that nothing will stop Him from taking care of you!