In my darkest times I desperately wanted to feel God’s peace, but I was existing in the chaos of my mind, my soul, and my heart.
I was centered on me. All of my thoughts were on my problems, my heart ache, my fears, my anger, my worry.
I had no energy to think beyond me and therefore, peace which I so desired, evaded my grasp, because one must have first quieted oneself in order to hear God whisper to the storm inside, “be still”.
For God is not a God of confusion but of peace. 1 Cor. 14:33
I once read that Peace is not the absence of trouble, it is the presence of God.
And deep within my soul I knew that. Peace within me is a deep weighted settling, a very presence of the Spirit. Peace within me is a long deep breath that grounds me.
And the peace of God, that peace which reassures the heart, that peace which transcends all understanding, that peace which stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus is yours.
Peace is a gift of the Spirit and comes about through the Spirit within us, a mind controlled by the Spirit, steadfast on the Spirit.
Paul writing to the Phillipians makes it very clear that peace comes from knowing that God is in control, that He is whispering “still” to the waves of anxiety crashing against our heart. And once we grasp that thought, and hold on for dear life, our destiny is set and God’s peace will guard our hearts against anxiety.
The Hebrew word for “guard” is also used for the word describing a squad of soldiers high on the wall guarding the town, a squad of “peace-giving angels” that will keep our heart still and safe.
Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done.
If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand.
His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Isaiah 30:15 says, In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.
May the LORD bless you
and protect you.
May the LORD smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you his favor
and give you his peace. (Num 6:24-26)
Amen and amen and amen.