“Peace that Passes Understanding” by Carla Calhoun.
“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27, NLT)
As you all know, we live in a crazy, chaotic world. It’s sometimes hard to find peace in all its craziness.
There’s a saying, “No Jesus, no peace; know Jesus, know peace.” This world can’t give what Jesus offers. The peace from God is a result of our daily, intimate relationship with Him. Everything else is counterfeit and temporary.
Peace is not the absence of conflict; it’s the ability to entrust that conflict to the One who knows our story from beginning to end and will walk with us every step of the way.
Peace only comes because of an action, and that action is prayer. When we go to Him with our petitions, we get a bonus gift. Not only does He hear us, but He gives us peace in return because we have dealt with the problem correctly by giving it to the only One who can do anything about it.
Psalm 34:14 says we are to pursue peace. Peace is something that we are to actively chase after, follow, and seek out. Peace, that freedom we all so long for, is not just something that shows up in our lives. We must pursue it
We may not comprehend why our backslidden child is making such crazy decisions, but we can have a peace that we don’t understand because we gave it to the Peace Giver. As a mother, it’s our job to take care of the possible and trust God with the impossible.
I read a quote one time that said, “When our reality doesn’t match our expectations, we need to allow God to be God. To show us that His view is bigger than ours. To give us the peace we crave, not because we are getting what we want but because we are trusting in the One who sees the big picture that we cannot and who always knows best.”
Our children need peace now more than ever before in this messy world we live in, and it’s not going to get better. Our homes need to be peaceful; our children need to see us as peaceful. It may be the only peace they experience.
Yes, it’s a crazy world, but I’m so glad I know the Peace Speaker. I know Him by name . . . JESUS.
FROM: UPCI Ladies Ministries – firstname.lastname@example.org