“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” — 2 Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV)
Peace in all Circumstances
Verses telling of the peace available to us in all circumstances are some of the most encouraging and powerful truths of Scripture. God longs for us to be children marked by the peace of our Father. He longs for us to have peace in the good and bad times because He remains faithful and good — always. He longs for us to be so founded in Him that this world can’t shake us.
You and I have every reason to live with the stresses and cares of the world, save one: God dwells within us. Second Thessalonians 3:16 (ESV) says, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.” We serve the Lord of peace. The Holy Spirit who dwells within us is wholly peaceful. And Galatians 5:22 tells us that He will bear the fruit of peace in our lives if we simply live in continual communion with Him.
Circumstances begin to rob us of our peace the minute we choose to live as if God isn’t within us. Trials and tribulations will become all-consuming if we allow them to. You see, we are not to live with our physical eyes as our sole source of truth. God has granted us spiritual eyes and the ability to have faith in His faithfulness and goodness regardless of our circumstances. He’s given us the ability to choose to live with union with Him as our foundation. We are not alone. We are never alone. The God who authored Scripture, knows all of eternity, raised Christ from the dead and empowered the disciples dwells within us — always.
You will only live with peace in this life to the level that you live out of the union you have with God. In every situation, God is with you, ready and willing to lead you, empower you, sustain you and fill you with peace in response to your trust. John 14:27 (ESV) says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” Peace is our portion. And this peace is not given as the world gives, based on the fickle nature of man and the ever-changing opinion of the world. Heavenly peace finds its source solely in the unchanging nature of our good and loving Heavenly Father.
You and I are commanded by Jesus, “Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27, ESV). We must take captive our emotions and ground them in the unshakable nature of God. We must allow a direct connection from our hearts to the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, letting Him speak to us, fill us and direct our every moment.
The peace of God transcends anything we will experience on this earth. If we place our lives in the capable hands of our Heavenly Father, we can trust that His perfect, pleasing plans will be done in our lives. Take time today to ground your peace in the unshakable nature of your Heavenly Father. Take time to turn your eyes away from the world as your source of peace and set them instead on union with God. May the Holy Spirit reveal His nearness to you in mighty and powerful ways today as you open your heart and receive His loving presence.
— Craig Denison, First 15
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