November 18 I Wednesday
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” —Colossians 3:15
Life is a turbulent journey in which we come across unexpected issues that suddenly confront us, disturb us and rob us of any natural source of peace. Many of us may be anxious at this moment, worrying about health, finances, relationships, work and other challenges. In a natural sense, we have plenty of reason why peace cannot rule in our hearts. God’s Word, however, says that it is not just peace, but the peace of Christ we ought to seek and receive.
To let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts is to relate our situations to Jesus. 1 Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” This does not mean a quick, “Dear God, my life is in a mess right now. Could You please help me out?” That is like a sandwich without the bread. When we cast our anxieties on Jesus, He asks us to leave it with Him. God wants to hear our thoughts and what we are feeling from our perspective. After, He will change things around so that we begin to see our situations from His perspective. This gives us a deeper understanding, molds our patience and works to surrender our will to God’s will in order that the best resolution for all concerned is achieved.
We are also to give thanks to God with continuous supplication. Paul writes, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). This is a peace given to us whether our situations have improved or not. It is not natural in its source, but supernatural, which is why Paul describes it as a peace that “transcends all understanding.” Neither is it contingent upon human reasoning or variable circumstances, but is derived solely from Christ who is always available and always sufficient. Hence, we are to give Him thanks for His presence and sufficiency in our circumstances.
Experiencing the peace of Christ in the midst of hardship and going about our days as usual does not reflect being flippant or irresponsible, but is a reflection of God’s promise to us and our obedience to Him. In every situation, Jesus was panic proof, because He related everything to His Father and was utterly dependent on Him. Being panic proof is remarkable evidence that we have truly placed our worries with Jesus and are utterly dependent on Him. As Corrie Ten Boom once said, “God has no problems, only plans,” and He will work them out!
Prayer: Dear Lord God, thank You for the peace You give me in situations I do not understand. I cast all my anxiety to You in full surrender of Your Lordship over my life. Amen