God intends for us to be filled with peace, in this life
I was reminded the other day that God intends for our lives on earth to be filled with peace. Even as we journey in and through different seasons while we are here. Jesus says in John 14:27 just before He ascends into heaven, “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.” In many other passages in scripture we are told that peace is something He desires for us to have.
The challenge for us may creep in when we find ourselves in complicated or just plain tough situations. It is easy at these points to question God’s presence and peace in our lives. We need to make a decision to not only read God’s word, but to reflect on it. And to put our trust in what it says about who God is and who we are because of Him. We can also choose to be filled with the peace of God, which transcends all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
Set your mind on Jesus Christ
When we choose to put our trust in something, it means we find ways to put it into practice. In this case we should put our faith into practice by acting on what we learn from the God-breathed truth found in the bible. When we read the Word of God we should ‘Selah’ or stop to reflect on who God is. When we do this God will reveal Himself to us, through the Holy Spirit. We are letting Him reveal Himself to us so that He “will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are set on Him” (Isaiah 26:3). By doing this it shows that we would have put our trust in Him .
The fact that Jesus knew we would need to be filled with His peace, and then left it with us when He went to be with God, also tells us that He knows that life is not always easy. This should bring us comfort that Jesus knows ‘what we needed before we could even ask Him’, as a good father would (Matthew 6:8). To read more about how God communicates with us please check out one of our previous posts at this link, “The Banquet Table.”
Take some time to read a passage of scripture and reflect on what it says about the nature of God. For more help it is always good to lean on a close friend who knows God or your church leader. Feel free to give us a call on our SA prayerline at (021) 701 1776 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org