Ramblings of a Zealot ~
“The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: He is Lord of all.”
I once heard the story of a little girl who was working very hard on her homework one night. As the hours went by, her parents became very curious and asked her what she was doing. “I’m writing a report on the condition of the world and how to bring peace,” she replied. Her parents were impressed! “Isn’t that a big assignment for just one person?” her dad asked. With complete confidence the little girl responded, “Don’t worry, Dad, there are three of us in the class working on it” … Wouldn’t it be wonderful if finding and experiencing peace was that easy?
We work hard at peace ~ in our world, in our homes, in our relationships, and in our hearts. Yet, so many of us struggle to actually experience or even understand true peace. It occurs to me that in order to understand what peace truly “is”, we must first understand what it “is not” ….
True peace is God’s peace and can only be found in Him. God’s peace is not the absence of conflicts, trials or difficulties and has nothing to do with human beings or human circumstances. In fact, the true peace of God cannot be produced on a human level at all. Any peace that can be explained by human logic is feeble and very fragile and will surely be destroyed by the storms of life …
I don’t know about you, but storms seem to sweep through my life on a regular basis, and peace is often nowhere to be found in the natural. If we rely on this spoiled and fallen world for any measure of peace, we will forever be disappointed. The only source of true peace is found in God. And the only way to know peace is to know God …. I know people who would give every penny they have and every possession they own for an hour of peace. In fact, I have been in that place myself. The difference is that the Prince of Peace is my God and because He lives in my heart, so does peace. Yes, sometimes I allow the stressors of life to crowd in and try to smother that peace. However, I am so thankful that the peace of God is eternal and beyond human understanding. I’m especially grateful when those accusing thoughts or condemning emotions come to me, I am able to bend my knee and His peace comes to drive out all fear, worry or doubt ….
The apostle Paul said, “There is peace with God through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all.” We tend to focus on the part of that verse that promises peace with God and ignore the harder truth that peace is the result of Jesus reigning in our lives as “Lord of All.” The word “Lord” means “boss” and for me literally drives home the point of this: that if Jesus is not Lord “of” All ~ then He is not Lord “at” all ….
And if He is not the Lord of All, then there can be no peace. Pretty simple folks!
I’m sure you have read the poem below. Even though I often run across it on Facebook, or someone emails it to me, I never read it without being encouraged to remember exactly where my peace is found ….
“I’m too blessed to be stressed and too anointed to be disappointed.
I refuse to be discouraged, to be sad or to cry.
I refuse to be downhearted and here’s the reason why:
I have a God who is almighty; who is sovereign and supreme.
I have a God who loves me – and I am on His team.
He is all wise and powerful; Jesus is His name.
Though everything else is changeable, My God remains the same.
I refuse to be beaten or defeated.
My eyes are on my God.
He has promised to be with me, as through this life I trod.
I am looking past my circumstances, to heaven’s throne above.
My prayers have reached the heart of God, and I am resting in His love.
I give thanks to Him in everything.
My eyes are on His face.
The battle is His; the victory is mine; He will help me win the race.
I repeat! I’m too blessed to be stressed!”
(Author unknown) ….
As you face the storms of life, face them with God at your side – knowing that He is Lord of the rocking boat and Keeper of the waves. He rides upon the storm clouds of life, flinging peace into the tempest-filled heart.
God is Peace …. And when we know Him as our Lord and have made Him the boss of our lives – we will know Peace …
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Let us pray ~
Father God, my heart is filled with chaos and confusion. I feel as if I am drowning in my circumstances and my heart is filled with fear and confusion. I really need the strength and peace that only You can give. Right now, I choose to rest in You. In Jesus’ Name I pray,
I challenge you to make a list of every “storm” that you are facing today; then surrender each one to God, asking Him to fill its place in your life with His peace. Now, choose to walk in that peace today. When you are tempted to slip back under the crashing waves, remember that the storm now belongs to your Father and He can handle it … When you feel you are going under and might sink, call to the Only One who can save you: Jesus, He is our lifeguard and He can walk on water!
Remember Peter was willing to put it all on the line. He and the other disciples had been straining against the waves and wind all night long when Jesus appeared to them, walking on the water. Wanting to prove his courage to Jesus, he made an amazing statement: “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water” (Matthew 14:28). These were rough seas, and Peter was willing to literally step onto them because He was looking at Jesus. That gave him confidence and courage ….
It went well for awhile until Peter started to sink. And why did he sink? Because he took his eyes off Jesus and put them on other things. The Bible tells us, “When he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid” (verse 30).
Circumstances can be frightening. When your boss calls you in and tells you the company has to downsize and they are letting you go, when the doctor calls you with the test results that are not good, when you open that letter from an attorney that says you are being sued, it can scare you. It can devastate you. And it can cause you to take your eyes off Jesus …
Here is wisdom: where fear reigns, faith is driven away. But where faith reigns, fear has no place. Faith and fear don’t mix. As you bring in faith, fear will walk out the back door. But if you invite fear as a resident in your life, then you will drive faith away … Peter had faith. He had his eyes on Jesus. He was doing the impossible. But then he started to sink, because he took his eyes off Jesus. In his case, he looked at the wind. In our case, it might be something else. But when we forget God, we will start to sink ….
Keep your eyes on Jesus, and allow His peace to calm your raging winds …
God is with us ….