Peace MonthSep 27th, 2010 | layout by ccdgte | Category: From Pastor Jo's Desk, Special Occasions
Just recently I learned that September is a Peace Month. Peace. A wonderful word but most elusive. This is the reason behind a lot of troubles today. A lack of peace. So we long for it. We pray for it. And to others they fight for it. But truth must be told: It’s not innate. It doesn’t come from within us. For we are naturally at war…at war with God (Rom.5:10; Col.1:20). The lack of peace is due to a broken relationship with the God of peace. And yet He provided a way for man to be brought back to a relationship with God, and that is through His Son Jesus Christ! Through faith in Christ we were reconciled to the Father. And that’s the only time that we can truly experience peace within us. Peace is not a pursuit, it’s a by-product of being at peace with God. And once we have this peace then it flows over to people around us. Now you become a conduit of peace.
Are you at peace this morning? You may have allowed worry and fear dominate your thinking. Trust Him instead. “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD, the LORD, is the Rock eternal.” (Isaiah 26:3-4Isaiah 26:3-4
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV
3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. perfect...: Heb. peace, peace mind: or, thought, or, imagination 4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength: everlasting...: Heb. the rock of ages
WP-Bible plugin) Almost always, you keep your mind stayed on whatever you are trusting. When you trust money, there your mind is focused. When you trust your job, there’s where your mind is steady. It’s when we get too focused on our problems that we get all tense and anxious. “But if I don’t worry about my problems, who will?” you say. I’m not advocating that we don’t work on our problems, or that we ignore our problems. But there are times when we simply spend too much time focused on our problems, and not enough time focused on our God who is able to handle our problems. So God gave us a tool – it’s called prayer! (read Phil.4:6-7).
So why do we find it so difficult to trust Him? Often, it’s because we’re afraid that things won’t go as we want them to unless we control them ourselves. The less we are in control, the more anxious and worried we become. Author Hannah Whitall Smith wrote, “It is not hard, you find, to trust the management of the universe, and of all the outward creation, to the Lord. Can your case then be so much more complex and difficult than these that you need to be anxious or troubled about His management of you?”
You know who’s a peaceful person? A prayerful person. A person who learned to give everything to God and trust Him with them. The peace of God comes when you rest your case fully in His hands. When you say, “Well Lord it’s in your hands.” When we simply put the whole matter into His hands, and however He responds, we know it’s going to be the best. That’s when we can say “thanks” and that’s when we receive His peace. The peace of God is not something you can manufacture, buy, or earn. It is a result of a heart that is totally surrendered to Him. When we bring our lives under God’s authority by turning away from sin and seeking Him with our whole heart we receive something priceless…THE PEACE OF GOD.
When you are wrapped up in the arms of Jesus, and you know that you have an all-powerful God who hears your prayers and is in control of every situation, that’s when you can have real peace, perfect peace! Peace comes from trusting someone trustworthy. Is He trustworthy? Indeed He is!