Peace is something we all crave in our lives.
Happily, we are told in the New Testament how peace can be a real strength to us.
And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
The Peace of God comes from our relationship with Christ. Peace comes to us through faith in God. Romans 5:1 says, “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”
We have peace. We have access into His grace. We rejoice in hope of glory. All these things come through faith in the risen Christ.
We were called to peace. We are told that peace should rule in our hearts. If we have peace as a rule of our hearts we will not allow turmoil, trials and tests to stumble us or cause us to lose our peace, joy or hope.
Paul tells us we can allow peace to be a garrison around our heart, a fortress which protects us from losing our joy through worry or anxiety.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
So when fear attempts to establish a beachhead in our lives we need to take the issues behind any anxieties to the Lord. Let our requests be know to Him.
Lay it at the altar
David, when he wrote the Psalms, was marvellous at this. He told it as it was, warts and all. He laid out his anxieties before God, but always allowed the faith he had in God to shine through and allowed the Word of God to permeate his supplications so that confidence was built upon and faith rose above the temptation to fear.
Proverbs tells us that we need to guard our heart above all things, because out of it come the issues of life.
When we address our concerns about life to God, we are exercising faith that He is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Casting our cares on the Lord causes peace to surround our hearts with a wall of security which is beyond our understanding. We can’t work it out, but somehow talking things through with God causes peace to surmount cares and settle us into faith.
We are admonished to let the Word of Christ to dwell richly in in us in all wisdom. Paul takes this even further. He says we should have so much of God’s Word in us that we are able to teach one another. He adds that we should be so full of the Word that we sing to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs as a means of encouraging, comforting and exhorting one another in the Lord.
A merry heart
It takes an extraordinary level of joy and confidence on God to be that merry, yet we are told that a merry hearts does good like a medicine. We all sing our favourite worship and praise songs when we hear them, but how often to we sing to one another as a means of teaching and admonishing one another in the Word?
Singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord. We sing unto the Lord the rich Word, and, in so doing help teach and admonish one another.
These things are the bi-products of a relationship with the Word and Spirit, with the faith that brings peace beyond our understanding and with an understanding that we can resist the temptation to be anxious or fearful. Perfect love casts out fear. That is the kind of love which is developed through application into completion and maturity.
And we are to do all things as unto the Lord. Whatever we put our hand to. Whoever we relate to. Wherever we go. We are to apply ourselves to everything as if we are doing it unto the Lord, which, in effect we are. Giving thanks to Him in all things.
Being thankful to God is something we all need to remember as we go about our daily tasks. We surely have much to thankful for. Thanksgiving is the entry into His courts, into His Presence. if we are thankful towards God we will learn how to be grateful to the people we interact with. We will notice things more that go on around us, which help us, which make us more effective in whatever we do.
Peace comes from a sound understanding of who we are in Christ, of who God is to us, and of where He has taken us from to be in Him. We are not seeking for peace to come, but learning how to live in the peace He has given us through His Son Jesus.