The Peace Of God. This is not a normal kind of peace. There is noting remotely human about the peace OF God. This is a God-like peace of which of your self you just cant rustle up or reproduce. With all the Holy Spirit you have and all the tongues you may speak with, the peace OF God is just simply not something you can manufacture of your own accord.
How do I know it’s His – Jesus says in John 14:27 (NIV)
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
Philippians 4:7 tells me this: And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus
Now we know of peace with God which comes from Justification through Faith (Romans 5:1). And we know if peace in God of which we find David talking about when he faced opposition. Psalm 4:8 David says In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.
But the Peace OF God stands on its own ground. Very different from these two.
Now while I am justified through faith and have peace with God, this may not settle my anxiety about being a good mother to my two children. And knowing that God has made provision for me to eat in the midst of my enemies may not stop me from worrying about a complaint from a colleague that threatens to take my job from me. But the Peace Of God has the power and ability to trump anything and everything at any given moment.
The peace of God like Him, divine and perfect in all it’s ways. It overrules and outplays any situation that you come to face. It’s the peace OF God. It’s His own peace. Like I might give you my coat, I know it’s quality, I know its power, I know its strength and I also know your current need for something that surpasses anything you currently have or can access of your own accord. This is the God of creation telling us that He is giving us – His Peace. It’s one you have no ownership of but can bask in the benefits of.
The Heart – Proverbs 4:23 says we should Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. And Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? But Proverbs 3:5 tells us to Trust in the LORD with all your heart. So it seems that left to its own devices the heart can cause trouble, but when harnessed and managed it can come to some good, however above all the word of God would suggest our heart needs to be guarded. So much in this world looks to attack our heart… indeed for many inducing things like HEART ATTACKS!
What does it mean to guard: it means to protect, to watch over, to control, to protect against damage or harm. It is a person assigned the duty of care and protection preventing injury and or harm. To guard.
This is the role the peace of God plays in the believers life. It looks to guard our heart. God knows how sensitive it is and how easily it can be damaged and affected by the things we face in life. He also knows that all we do flows from our heart, so the importance of it being safe is amplified even more. If all we do flows from our heart it needs to be kept out of harms way.
The story of Ananias, with Sapphira comes to mind. Acts 5:1-11. The story is told about a couple who had sold a possession. Rather than bringing the entire amount they had made, they only presented part. They did this deceitfully, thinking that the Apostle would not know. Acts 4:32 tells us of how all the believers were one in heart and mind and how no one claimed that any possession was their own, but they sold their possessions so that those in need could be supported. But this couple had other motives. Following the motions but their heart was far from pure. Peter ask Ananias “how is it satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit”
Now the last thing we want anywhere near our heart is Satan. Now while it may not be Satan in full force, it may be situation we pass through, stresses and strains that we carry that have the ability to impart, harm and damage our heart and as a byproduct lead us to act in ways that would hurt ourselves, hurt others and ultimately displease God.
But the peace of God looks to stand guard around our heart. Protecting us from things that would cause us pain, harm and danger. The peace of God answers for us when we can’t for our self. The peace of God looks to escort any thing that looks like trouble from the premises and deny entry to anything that has no right to be in our heart. Often times we would not know these things if we saw them coming, but that’s why it’s HIS peace doing the job of guarding and not ours.
We have to learn to accept and allow God to be God.. (another blog).. He is again offering a peaceful assurance for the protection of our heart and mind. Will you allow God to do His job..??