“The Lord gives strength to his people;
The Lord blesses his people with peace.”
Christmas songs are full of it, beauty pageant contestants wish for it, but what is it really and how do we get it?
So often peace is viewed as the absence of something… the absence of oppression, stress, noise, or fear.
But what we know as believers is that the peace that God gives us is not the absence of something, but rather the presence of a wonderful gift. The gift of an unflappable calmness of spirit. A knowing deep in our being that although a storm may be raging all around us, we can take heart in knowing that God is God, that he is good, and that he has everything under His perfect control. As Paul puts it in Philippians 4:7 it “transcends all understanding”.
But how do we get this kind of peace? Well, the good news is if you are in Christ, then you have already been offered this gift! In John 14:27 Jesus tells his followers that he leaves us with HIS peace and then we see in Galatians 5:22 that if the Holy Spirit is alive and dwelling in us, one of its fruits is (you guessed it) PEACE!
But far too many times we do not accept or use the beautiful gifts that God gives us.
Instead of fixing our eyes on Jesus, we focus on ourselves.
How easy it can be to get so wrapped up in trying to control the storms of life that we miss out on this gift.
How easy it can be to pray for this gift that God has already given us yet we are too self absorbed to realize that we already have it and we need only to shift our focus to obtain what we long for.
More of you Lord, less of me.
Prominent businessman and lawyer Horatio Spafford lived in Chicago with his wife Anna and five children in the 1800’s. Sadly, in 1871 his young son died of pneumonia. Later that same year, Spafford lost much of his business in the great Chicago fire. Spafford was eventually able to rebuild his business and two years later in 1873 he planned on vacationing in Europe. A sudden business problem held Spafford back in Chicago, but he sent his wife and four daughters ahead, planning to reunite with them a few days later.
Tragically, the ocean liner that Anna and their four daughters were traveling on collided with another vessel and sunk into the Atlantic ocean. All four Spafford children perished in the accident. Rescued and taken to Wales, Anna Spafford sent a telegram to her husband that simply stated: “Saved alone. What shall I do?”. On his journey to join with his grieving wife, Spafford penned the now famous hymn “It Is Well With My Soul” (listen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zY5o9mP22V0).
In the span of just a few short years, Spafford faced unspeakable loss. Yet in the face of such tragedy, he was able to tap in to a God given peace that transcends understanding.
What thoughts do you have on peace? Discuss with your partner.
Have there been moments in your life that you have felt God’s peace? Share those moments with your partner
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