Life seems to be a series of seasons that continue to groom us for success. We always find ourselves in a process that leads to promotion. When we reach one promise, we are able to enjoy the fulfillment of it, but are also being cultivated for the next stage of growth. Why? Because living organisms continue to grow. If we aren’t growing, we are ultimately dying.
No matter what process we find ourselves in, we can have peace when we have Jesus. Last week we talked about thanksgiving and how Philippians 4:6 says to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. The next verse 4:7 says, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” That word guard in the Greek means to keep watch over like a soldier stationed to protect. When we live a life of prayer and give thanks in everything (every process, every season- good or bad), peace is sure to guard our hearts and protect our minds so we can stay Christ-centered.
Scripture also says that peace can act as an umpire in our lives. (Colossians 3:15) “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, which you were called in one body, and be thankful.” Thanksgiving is a key to walking in peace. This verse says to “let” peace rule… We can give peace permission to call the shots (as an umpire would) in our everyday living. How do we do this? By staying Christ-centered, living a life of prayer, thanksgiving and Word receiving. Read your Bible… it makes the difference!
No matter the season, peace is given to those who will receive it. Jesus encouraged us that especially in times of trouble, He offers peace.
(John 16:33) I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart! I have overcome the world.
(John 14:27) Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.