Thursday, October 27, 2016

Chaotic Peace

It’s day #27 of 31 days to fill your spiritual jewelry box, and we can’t let the month go by without adding some peace.

What do you think when you hear the word peace? A quiet place, maybe a slow moving stream with birds singing in the trees above, or maybe complete solitude? Does it mean no war? Is it the absence of trouble or fear? Do you only experience real peace when you sleep?

What peaceful moments can you remember? I remember rocking my children and watching them sleep in my arms. There is nothing so peaceful as a sleeping baby without a care in the world.

There are other types of peaceful moments. When my grandson was four, we went to his T-ball games. Parents were already yelling at their children to hit the ball, chase the ball, and throw the ball. But in the midst of all the commotion, he was totally peaceful in the outfield playing in the dirt.

There is another kind of peace. It’s the peace in the midst of true chaos. The doctor has given a terrifying diagnosis, a love one has unexpectedly died, or your 17 year old daughter calls to say she is pregnant. Peace. Rolling emotions, scattered thoughts, fear, but deep inside, an inner peace. Where does this peace come from?

Peace comes from taking our eyes off of the chaos and focusing on God. “You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3).

Peace is a fruit of the Spirit. “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace . . .” (Galatians 5:22)

Peace from God is beyond our understanding. “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” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Fill your spiritual jewelry box with peace. Jesus says, “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Abide in Him. Live in His word and by His words. 


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