Minutes after the meeting started, we felt that something wasn’t quite right. Everything looked okay, but our internal alarm system was blinking code red. Have you ever felt like that? That sense of alarm that won’t go away even as you weave in and out of the crowd. I remember it well. The speaker was in full teaching mode and the audience was engaged, yet we felt a caution to stay alert. It was hanging in the atmosphere.
Our “gut feeling” was confirmed the second we stepped into the lobby. A husband and wife, attending the meeting, had gotten into an altercation in the lobby. Surprisingly, you couldn’t hear any of the ruckus inside the meeting area, but the lobby had turned into a battleground. At one point, the confrontation became so heated that it moved into the ladies restroom. Yes, you heard me, the ladies restroom. Thankfully, both parties shortly reconciled.
My point here is that even in the calmest atmosphere, if you are sensitive enough, you can hear warnings of caution or danger. Father God will alert you to trouble bubbling beneath the surface at any time. I’m sure you’ll agree that we definitely need this kind of insight.
Sadly, I’ve worked with clients who recognize, yet choose to ignore an alert, preferring to go full speed head. They assume that things will “somehow work out.” This is foolish behavior. Don’t ever ignore God’s warnings. Take them seriously to avoid or, at least, minimize the fallout that may lie ahead. One heeded warning can save your life.
Aside from those “gut feeling” that caution us, there is another, more “peaceful”, guide that I prefer to follow. In John 14: 27, Jesus told his students (the disciples),
“Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do 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.].”
Jesus told his disciples that he was going to leave them with a precious gift of his peace. It is a priceless gift. When you have true peace—from fear, anger, worry or pain—you have a gift that money can’t buy. That’s why Jesus said that He bequeathed it to them. He passed it on to them as you would leave valuable jewelry to a daughter or son in your Last Will and Testament. Jesus, as the Son of God, had the authority to pass on a gift that only Father God possessed and could bequeathed to him beforehand.
So, what did Jesus mean when he said that the peace he gives is not like the world’s peace? How does the world see peace?
That’s a good question. Honestly, I wonder about that myself. Does the world see peace in money, power, position or Facebook fans? Is peace equated to happiness or a Grammy Award? Is it considered a time when there is no war or tsunamis? Is that true peace?
Peace is far weightier than any of these things. Peace is not a possession. Unlike the wind or a fad, it doesn’t appear and then fade away. Peace is a place. It is a dwelling. Peace is a mantle or cloak in which to wrap yourself and take refuge from the confusion and upheaval around you.
Peace is the settling you feel deep within your spirit that assures you that “all is well” in spite of the chaos around you. Peace is an anchor that brings comfort in times of trouble.
Peace is instruction when you’re not sure which way to go. Peace offers a stillness in which to hear God’s voice as He gives daily, up-to-the minute, instruction on everything in your life.
According to the Amplified Bible’s version of Colossians 3:15, the Apostle Paul encourages us:
“And 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].”
Peace has a depth and power all its own. Peace is that rare and rich, overwhelmingly captivating, presence that is unmistakable. There is a freedom, a strength that saturates your soul as you dwell within the borders of peace. It’s in this place that you experience prosperity and friendship in its truest form. Yes, peace is your friend.
How can peace be a priceless gift, a place, a cloak, a refuge, an anchor, instruction, stillness, an umpire, freedom, prosperity, and a friend? It is because Jesus is the Prince of Peace.
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