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October 1, 2009

Deep Peace

Something that has become very precious to me as I get older in the Lord is peace. I guard and fight for peace at all costs. This peace I cherish doesn’t mean that I don’t have conflicts with people—either in the world or in the church. It doesn’t mean I don’t have upsets, trials or temptations. These things are part of living in the world. However, God wants me to have peace in the midst of the wear and tear of life. It is actually possible to experience it, but we have to work at it every day.

A key to maintaining the peace of God is to be in the Word of God. That may seem like an odd thing to say to pastors. The Bible is the main “tool” of our trade. But sometimes we are so busy going to the Word for answers to others’ needs and that we are neglecting our own need for it. We can only hope to maintain our personal peace and confidence in our walk with God if we are meeting him in his Word every day.

How many times have you counseled someone with the promise:

Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God which passes all understanding will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6, 7)

Or:

My peace I give you. My peace I leave with you. Not as the world gives give I unto you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. (John 14:27)

Are you fighting for that peace for your own soul? I learned an important lesson about peace from a dear soul friend. She said, “I will not let anything rob me of my peace. I make deliberate choices that preserve my peace.” If you are too busy or are taking on too much or have said yes to a ministry or activity that is not God’s will for you, you will notice that your peace is gone. It might be an unconfessed sin that is stealing your peace. It might be fear.

Is the “peace that passes all understanding” characteristic of your life? If it isn’t, don’t keep rushing headlong into your day without stopping and figuring out what the enemy of your peace is. And then take care of it. Pray about it, ask a soul friend to pray about it with you. This life is too short to live a minute without God’s peace. Peace is too precious to lose for any reason.

Today I read a Celtic prayer by Fiona Macleod that blessed me, and I have been rejoicing in it all day long. Through it God reminds me that I am surrounded by his peace all the time, if I will just listen to it and let it sink in. I pass the blessing on to you:

Deep peace of the running wave to you

Deep peace of the flowing air to you

Deep peace of the quiet earth to you

Deep peace of the shining stars to you

Deep peace of the Son of peace to you

“Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts” (Colossians 3:15).

Posted by Joan Tyvoll at October 1, 2009 10:11 AM Bookmark and Share

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