Turmoil. Storms. Stress. Anxiety. Fear. Hurt. Disappointment. Pain. Brokenness. All of these words have something in common: they destroy our peace. They are used by satan to try to steal and destroy the truths of God that we live our lives by every day. God is bigger than all of these things.
In Him, we find our peace. In order to find it, though, we have to remember to seek it. I’ll elaborate a little with a personal example. Earlier this year, I was in a situation that was extremely volatile and threatened to compromise my moral compass. I saw the situation as impossible, and just something I would have to deal with as part of life, and be tough. Here’s what’s wrong with that whole mess…I, I, I. I waited until it was a great big, knotted up, life altering mess that ate me from the inside out before I called on God to give me peace. If you’re so inclined, this is a great time to give me a mental smack on the forehead, because I’ve sure done that about a thousand times in retrospect.
Truths that I know: God has a plan for each one of our lives. God has given us free will to screw up. Some of us (me) are better at that than others. God wants us to have a relationship with Him. Even though He knows what we are going through, He wants us to SEEK HIM in our trials and struggles. He loves us, and He even knows the number of hairs on our head! 1 Peter 5:7 says, “Cast your anxieties upon Him because He cares for you.” One simple sentence to say that He wants us to go to Him with the things that disrupt our peace.
Do you know what happened once I started seeking Him in that situation? Things started changing, a little at a time. It took a few months, but eventually, I was delivered from that stressful situation altogether. I received the peace I’d been struggling to find. Looking back, I wonder if I could have avoided much of it if I wasn’t so bull-headed and just gave it all to Him in the beginning? (I try not to think too hard about that because it really frustrates me to know how stubborn I can be!)
I love what Michele Cushatt, author of Undone, says about peace:
“Peace isn’t a byproduct of control, the payout of a happy conclusion. Peace is the infiltrating, life-giving presence of a very real God. One who loves nothing more than to step into the middle of locked and darkened rooms and impossible circumstances, clos enough to touch.”
This week, if you have things that are standing in the way of your peace, seek Him. Give Him all those things He wants to take from you. Allow Him to step into the locked and darkened rooms in your life and be set free!