Peace

Peace. We want it. We need it. And when we experience it, the shalom peace of God, we know something that is simply out of this world. Jesus said, “Peace I leave with. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful” (John 14:27 HCSB). These words show that peace is something that goes well past outside circumstances all the way to the heart. When your heart is still – not troubled, not fearful, not anxious, not worried – it is like the water in this picture – so clear that Jesus reflects in and through your life for all the world to see. The waters are quiet within, though they may be turbulent and raging outside. And oh, how the Son shines. You experience your Lord deeply, intimately, and you are transformed.

I love what Rick Renner shares about peace in his Sparkling Gems from the Greek. He writes:

The word peace comes from the Greek word eirene, the Greek equivalent for the Hebrew word shalom, which expresses the idea of wholeness, completeness, or tranquility in the soul that is unaffected by outward circumstances or pressures. The word eirene strongly suggests the rule of order in place of chaos. When a person is dominated by eirene (“peace”), he has a calm, inner stability that results in the ability to conduct himself peacefully, even in the midst of circumstances that would normally be very nerve-racking, traumatic, or upsetting. The Hebrew counterpart, the word shalom, indicates that this dominating peace ultimately gives rise to prosperity in one’s soul. Rather than allowing the difficulties and pressures of life to break him, a person who is possessed by eirene (“peace”) is whole, complete, orderly, stable, and poised for blessing.
Rick Renner, Sparkling Gems from the Greek

Oh, I want that peace that gives a prosperity in one’s soul, don’t you? Peace is not something you can manufacture. Peace comes from the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus. And oh, how He longs to give it. He says, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you.” It seems that if He is giving it, then we need to learn to receive it. There comes a moment in every trial when all your resources have been exhausted, and you arrive at a new point of surrender, and you turn to the Lord with a deeper trust, and you pray, “Lord, I need You. I need Your help, Your provision, Your presence, Your power, and Your strength.” At that moment, get ready for a new experience of the peace of God. He promises it when you pray. Paul said, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 HCSB).

I believe that prayer is the secret to expressing trust, surrender, and faith. And it’s the big secret to experiencing God’s peace in the midst of very difficult circumstances. Prayer pours out your heart to God no matter what you are feeling. Prayer turns your eyes away from yourself, away from the turmoil, and firmly fixes the eyes of your heart on your faithful, all-powerful, all-knowing God. While you are praying, you begin to think on God’s promises and the fact that nothing is too hard or impossible for God. The Spirit of God moves across the face of your heart and you are quieted, and you see the beauty of the Lord in new ways. When you walk out of the place of prayer, you discover you are really still in it with Him, and all your circumstances look different. And you shine for Him, your life a reflection of His glory.

So today, dear friend, “May the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way” (2 Thessalonians 3:16 HCSB).

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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