LET THE PEACE OF CHRIST DECIDE FOR YOU

LET THE PEACE OF CHRIST DECIDE FOR YOU

Are you faced with decisions? Don’t know which path to take? Here’s some sound advice from Paul;

“…let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” Colossians 3:15

If you have a tough decision to make, let the peace of God rule in your heart. If doubts are circling in your mind and weighing on your heart, let the peace of God rule in your heart. If you are at a crossroad and you don’t know which way to go, let the peace of God rule in your heart.

Alright, I’ll admit, all this talk about letting the peace of God rule over the decisions in our lives is nice ‘religious talk’ but what does it really mean? How are we to ‘let the peace of God rule’? And how do we know that we are truly letting the His peace rule in the decisions of our lives? Let’s find out, shall we?

You Are Not Alone
When you are faced with a tough one, do you realize that you are not alone? That’s right beloved, you are never alone. You may feel alone. You may literally be the only one that is in your vicinity, but you are never alone.

As a young geographer, one of the concepts that was always drummed into my head was the concept of ‘Global Village’. ‘We are all one tribe, living in one village’, my lecturers would say, ‘and whatever we do at one end of town affects the other’.

They would cite advancements in global communications and transportation as the primary enablers for the propagation of this ‘Global Village’ phenomenon; saying that because we are able to pick up the phone and reach someone far away in an instant, because we can send faxes and emails; and now messages and video calls; and get responses instantaneously, because the airplane has reduced travelling time by more than half, we are now more connected than ever. We are closer than ever.

And I could never understand that, because countries that are a million miles apart, are still, a million miles apart. Of what use is a phone call or an email when you factor in time zone differences and daylight savings? Can a friend, half a world away, come to your rescue, right here, right now? If you are alone, you are, alone.

But you know, recently, I’ve just seen something that blows my mind. Yes, alright, the technology has been around for ages, so I’m probably a dinosaur. But when I saw that it was possible for someone half a world away to be giving you instructions while you cook, even picking out your mistakes and telling you just how much salt and flour is enough, I fell off my chair.

I mean, come on, for those of us who were born in the 70s and earlier, never in our wildest childhood and teenage dreams did we ever think that this was possible. During our day, if you wanted to learn how to bake a cake, ride a bike or solve a math sum, you’d pick up your royal behind, go find a teacher, and drag him into the kitchen, the park or the study and teach you. But now? My wife deliberates math problems with her peers over Watsapp.

Now that got me thinking. If the technology of man, if the limited mind of man can come up with such wonderful things on this tainted side of heaven, how must it be like on the pristine and perfect side of heaven where Jesus is?

Look, I don’t profess to be able to explain to you just how God is going to solve your problems when He’s ‘way up there’ and you are ‘way down here’. Just like I’m not going to be able to explain to you how light rays can transmit information over fiber optic cables. But if light rays can indeed transmit information over fiber optic cables thousands of miles long, God answering your prayers must be a cinch, mustn’t it?

But just like we need to learn to use the technology of man, we also need to learn to use the technology of God. And it all begins with realizing that you are not alone.

Jesus Left His Peace With You

“Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” John 14:27 [AMP]

No, it is not a gift box. No, it is not a handbook. No, it is not a superhero utility belt. And like Jesus said, it is nothing like the world has ever seen.

So what then is this peace of God? I don’t know. Do you know what fiber optic light rays are? Can you feel microwaves or hear radio waves? But there are there, aren’t they? How do you know? Because you can see the work that they do.

And so it is with the peace of Christ. You can’t see it, you can’t touch it. You can’t put a finger on what it is. But you will know that it’s there when you see it work its ‘magic’. So what does it do?

“…calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.]” John 14:27 [AMP]

It’s calms you. It strengthens you. It makes you realize that everything is going to be alright, even when, on the outside, it looks anything but. It is that peace on the inside, that inexplicable harmony that enables you to

“…not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]” John 14:27 [AMPC]

It is an inexplicable peace. But one that Paul says

“the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7

It will garrison, mount and stand guard over, reassure your heart and give you the tranquil state of a soul assured (Philippians 4:7 [AMP], [AMPC]). When you suddenly feel at peace when you really ought to be anxious, that is when you know the peace of Christ is upon you, with you and protecting you.

And Now, The Simple Answer
But you know, while the peace of God is real, and though you will, if not already, experience it when you walk daily with Him, there really is a logical and tangible underpinning to all this ‘religious talk’. And it is this.

“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” Matthew 6:26

“Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” Matthew 6:28-29

I know that I keep on coming back to this passage, but think about it, take a good long look around you, isn’t it true? Aren’t there so many things in this world that gets taken care of without man needing to interfere? And you think that it all gets done by itself?

“We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together, like a head does a body.” Colossians 1:15-18 [MSG]

Christ holds all things together, even the little things that we overlook. Are you not of more value than they?

You know, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:11

And He has been telling us to ask of Him many times, hasn’t He?

“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8

“And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” John 14:13-14
“Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.” Mark 11:24

Need I go on?

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declared the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 [NIV]
So what are we doing, keeping mum?

Joseph Scriven hit the nail on the head when he wrote,

“Oh what peace we often forfeit,
Oh what needless pains we bear;
All because we do not carry,
Everything to God in prayer.”

So “…let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].” Colossians 3:15 [AMPC]

Now, beloved, are you faced with decisions? Don’t know which path you should take? Are there doubts circling in your mind and weighing on your heart? Are you at a crossroad and don’t know which way to go?

Jesus has already left His peace with you. Take all your cares to Him in prayer. And whichever decision makes you feel most tranquil, whichever option calms you and gives you the courage and strength to know that everything will be alright, take that option, for the peace of God has just ruled in your heart.

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