Peace. Isn’t that something we all long for in our lives? We all seem to be so busy, so frantic. In the not so distant past, it seemed whenever someone asked me how I was doing my answer had inevitably been – “busy, tired”. If that is always the answer, “busy, tired”, then how am I enjoying God’s providence in my life? I say I’m not; and as a Christian that’s not ok.
I read somewhere that “If Satan can’t make you bad, he’ll make you busy.” Busy is a tool that Satan uses to get us off track and to steal our time. Even doing “good” things – church stuff, charity stuff, family stuff can be “bad” if we’re so busy “doing” God’s work, we’re too busy to actually spend time with Him in prayer, worship, reading and meditation.
Think about the relationships in your life – how well do they fare if you don’t actually invest time with people. It’s the same with our relationship with God. We need to spend time with Him to deepen and strengthen our relationship.
The word Shalom, which translates as harmony, tranquility, wellbeing, basically – Peace, appears in the Bible over 350 times. God wants us to be at peace with Him, with others, and within ourselves.
I am a worrier from a long line of worriers and worriers are not at peace – with anyone. A scripture that literally changed my life is:
Phil 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything through prayer and petition make your requests known to God and the peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
I absolutely LOVE this promise, that the peace that passes all understanding will guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. So, when my life if turning upside down, I don’t have to worry. I know God’s got me. I raised my kids telling them to keep their eyes on the prize. The prize is Jesus. When things get crazy, sometimes I have to ask myself, “Is Jesus still on the throne?” Yup – we’re good! 😊 😊 😊
You want peace in your life? Pray for it, trusting Him and the God of the universe will give it to you.
Dawn is a wife of 30 years and a mother of two adult children. She has been in ministry for decades and has a passion for mentoring young women. When she has any free time, she is either on her bike or in her garden.