Hey friends, how are you today? I know, I know, it’s been a while since you’ve heard from me. As a matter of fact, it’s been almost a month since the last post. Forgive me? The last few weeks have been absolutely crazy in my neck of the woods. I’ve had a tooth infection, I’ve been sick (again) and (again) I thought it was COVID, but fortunately (again) not. And then we attended the True Woman conference in Indiana, which was everything my heart needed and then I returned home and then guess what? The tooth had to be addressed and then I was sick again. Well, after a month of ups and downs, it’s good to be back. How are you doing? Today, how are you?
In our Ladies class for Sunday school, we are in the process of dissecting the topic of Perfect Peace. Do you know, the first emotion that usually comes after and of course during a month of ups and downs? Well usually it’s not peace, that’s for sure. Panic, anxiety, fear, perhaps annoyance and frustration because I hadn’t planned on these debilitating illnesses. I needed to be well because my plans did not include any time off. This topic, Perfect Peace, certainly came at the right time. The Word of God is life, isn’t it?
Can peace be found in any circumstance, in spite of place, people or thing? Should my foundation be so shaken that I lose sight of God’s perfect peace? As we studied this topic, a few facts came to mind.
- Jesus is the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) Peace isn’t a place. I love nature and especially this time of the year, with fall colors in full bloom is simple amazing. The reds, greens, and golds of the trees, especially as the sun rises or sets reveal the fact that our God loves beauty. But perfect peace isn’t found in nature.
- God’s peace is permanent. (John 14:27) We have been told that no one and no thing can take away our peace, which is the absolute truth. But we can surrender our peace to some one or some thing. We can allow our circumstances to rob us of our peace when we give fear and anxiety and frustration and even anger and unforgiveness’ control and the victory in our lives. Peace hasn’t gone away, but Peace isn’t active because my eyes are on my waves. Fear and anxiety has turned the ripples into a tsunami.
- Peace is a state of mind as well as it is an emotion. ( Romans 8:6) Our God very rarely deals with ‘mere’ emotions. Of course, our emotions are very real, but they ebb and flow just like the tide. Peace can remain constant in spite of the waves of life because Peace is Jesus. This battle between the enemy of our souls and the God of the Universe is for our minds. We’ve surrendered our hearts to Jesus, but our minds are under attack. Because what I think, says what I believe, and what I believe battles with my thoughts; the winner determines my actions.
- The Word of God is life and heralds’ peace.(Psalm 119:165) When the curveball of life wants to initiate fear and anxiety, the mantra of God’s Word sends these ‘fiery darts’ from whence they came. The life of a Christian is lived intentionally and deliberately. This is the time; the memorization of God’s Words comes to mind. The enemy of our souls very rarely attacks when our Bibles are open. Usually, the attack comes when it’s closed and we are living life, but we retaliate when we remember what the God of the Universe says in His Word, even when a Bible isn’t available at the time. Psalm 23 is a good one to memorize.
- Trust is a very needed component of peace. (Psalm 34:14) When peace is no where to be found, it’s because trust was never implemented. In order to ‘rest in peace’, I need to trust that my God is bigger, stronger, mightier, and more powerful. I need to trust that He is good, and He always does good. I need to trust that He loves me unconditionally, unwaveringly, unfailingly. I need to trust Him far more than I trust Him for this and that.
When the sun shines and life is beautiful, we want to believe that peace exist, but the true test of peace comes when life throws us the ‘uglies’. How do I react when life throws me a curveball? Truthfully, usually it’s time that brings the discouragement. When trials, tribulations, and troubles arise, my first instinct is to run to my Father. But my issue is I always want Him to solve my problem now. Yes, yes, I am part of the ‘instant society club’. Except I’ve come to realization that God is never in a hurry, is He? I think I am always out of time, while He knows exactly how much time I have. He is good, He is good, He is good. He does good, He does good, He does good. Now I just have to believe that. How are you? How was your September?