PEACE IS A GIFT FROM GOD
26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:26-27
It has a been a week of understanding God's perfect timing in our household. Days where some things did not make sense, God has revealed other areas where His path is taking us. It always seems as if we truly want to find peace, but we do anything and everything we can to not receive it once it is found. I know that sounds a little out there today, but I firmly believe that some times we are praying for things that we think will give us peace of mind or peace of heart, but in reality God knows that it will honestly cause us more stress and heart ache. We pray for peace in a way that is really a motivation for what we want to happen and not really realizing that the God of the universe is trying to give you the true answer that you have been seeking all along. It is just not the answer you want to hear. Many times the reason that we don't find peace is because our understanding of peace comes with stipulations or strings attached. I know that I am guilty of that. I know that many times when I have been around family members in their dying moments, I have irrationally asked God to heal them and give them another opportunity for life. But with my feeble mind I have failed to realize that true healing will occur when they step across that threshold and step into the eternal healing power of God's peace.
There is such a different thought process between our peace and God's peace. We continue to struggle to make it what we want it to be and not just stepping into God's greater plan. If we just submit ourselves to what we asked God to provide, we may actually find a way to
allow the peace we have been searching for to truly take root in our lives. Literally I look in the mirror today and ask myself, "Do I truly know more about peace than God? Do I honestly
think I know more of what is best for me or my family than God does?" And the humbling answer is no...but the pride that wells up inside all of us continues to wrestle with that answer. If we truly believe that God is the Creator of all things and that God is the Beginning and the End, why do we fight so hard to receive such an amazing gift that will allow us to experience such joy? I know that we can all say it is because we are human and that we are a part of a fallen world, but I just wish that we would step out on trust a little more and truly step into finding the peace that passes all understanding. I know that later down the road we all, from time to time, look back and realize God's hand in every situation. I just pray that we are more capable of seeing God's hand working in peace for the moment. I pray that I myself will continue to stretch my faith to become stronger and really let go of my life so that God's plan can be revealed through me even more.
As we look at the Scripture for us today, I am going to allow you to read the words of the commentary that I read on today's subject. The author writes, "The end result of the Holy Spirit's work in our lives is deep and everlasting peace. Unlike worldly peace, which is usually defined as the absence of conflict, this peace is confident assurance in any circumstance; with Christ's peace, we have no need to fear the present or the future. Sin, fear, uncertainty, doubt and numerous other forces are at war within us . The peace of God moves into our hearts and lives to restrain the hostile forces and offer comfort in place of conflict. Jesus says he will give us that peace if we are willing to accept it from him. If your life is full of stress, allow the Holy Spirit to fill you with Christ's peace." (Commentary from Life Application Bible). What powerful words that I hope and pray I take to heart and help to convey to others. I hope and pray that we are all able to really see that Jesus was not only saying that He was going to take care of the disciples by providing the Holy Spirit to enter into their lives, but through the same Holy Spirit, God was going to give them peace that led to courage and boldness to step out in faith and never look back.
I pray that same opportunity for us all today. If you have been doubting or allowed the anxieties of the world to enslave your heart, mind and soul, I pray that you will receive the gift of God's peace today. I know that I have been in desperate need of this message today. I have been trying to create peace in my heart in the way that I want peace to be revealed. Instead, I hope and pray that I would have a better opportunity to receive the fullness of
God's peace in my life so that these battles will all belong to the Lord. God has offered us this peace if we are just willing to receive it and I think that maybe we think that receiving help or peace shows our weakness. Well I am reminded daily that when we are weak... HE IS STRONG. It is not a failure to accept God's offering of true peace, but a way to stretch our mindsets to see how peace can transform our lives. I pray for all of us today to find that true peace from God. I pray that we are able to allow it to consume our lives in such a way that we will never reject His free gift again. I know it is a step of faith, and with each step we come closer to total surrender to God. May God grant you the peace that you seek through the power of the Holy Spirit so that His joy my be made complete in you.