God Gives Peace
When we commit our heart and lives to Jesus and accept with great gratitude His sacrifice that frees us from the punishment for our sins, God gives us peace. We have peace given from God and peace with God. Col.3:15a (NIV) says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” Also, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (Rom. 5:1)
This peace is one of the bedrocks of our faith lives; it is always there, although we are not always cognizant of its presence. We have peace that God loves us, that our sins are forgiven, and that we will join God and our departed family and friends in Heaven one day. We intellectually know that God is with us every moment, and we can call on Him for help whenever we need to (“He is only a prayer away”).
God’s peace must be “claimed.” We have electrical wires within the walls of our residences. It does no good to “hope” the electricity will power up our electrical devices. Standing with the electrical cord to our razor, curling iron, fan or TV in our hands accomplishes nothing. The cord must be plugged into the power source.
In the same way to receive God’s peace we must plug our conscious soul into our power source. At this point we feel the peace of God.
Where Did My Peace Go?
Too many Christians live in the fast lane. I am not advocating that life style, but it does happen.
Perhaps we begin the day with a time for prayer, Bible study, and communion with God. We have great intentions of slowing, thoughtfully following our schedule for the day – together with God. Then it can seem that the world begins to spin faster – unplanned activities crowd in; minor emergencies occur for us, our loved ones, and friends; pressure begins to build; a headache manifests itself; and we bite our tongues to keep back a snappy or hurtful retort. Our lives feel anything but peaceful!
Where did the peace go? We don’t feel it! Did we lose touch with God in the maelstrom? If so, we know it wasn’t God who stepped away from us, withdrawing our sense of His peace in the presence of His holiness.
Now what? Slow down! ” For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” (1 Cor. 14:33) Why the hurry? Why the mental disturbance? I am convinced that God does not want us to run on a hamster’s wheel, not even to do His work!
God made us to walk in His holiness, praise His goodness, read His words, love others with His love, pray to connect with Him as we would talk to a good friend on the telephone, and lean on Him when tired, sad or discouraged. Just busyness can be counterproductive. God tells us in 1 Peter 3:11b, ” to seek peace and pursue it.”
A “Piece of Peace”
Nothing is more important in our lives than our relationship with God. His peaceful, loving arms are always open. His peace is available 24-7. Am I “preaching to the choir” (talking to myself)? Yes, I am! Retired with family gone from the nest, I still can get caught up in my busyness. Forgive me, Lord!
We must learn to stop, reach down, and connect to the peace of God. Break off a “piece of peace” to install in our hearts and thoughts. Almost as a lucky talisman, His peace within us reminds us that the things of the world are of transient importance. This “piece of peace” will ground us, center our thoughts, and rest our weary souls.
So daily, as we dress, put on watches and fitbits, and pick up our electronic devices, join me in consciously putting our “piece of peace” in our hearts and thoughts. We will be blessed beyond measure.