Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything,
by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
“I Do Not Have a Peace About It”
How many times have you heard a friend say the reason they were not going to do something was that they did not have a peace about it? How many times have you used it yourself? I know I heard this a lot when I worked with college students, and often it was used to not do something that it was clear they should be doing. Why did they not have peace?
Often God will call us to do things that are beyond ourselves. Doing something that we are not used to or not familiar with will often cause discomfort and lack of peace. Offering forgiveness to someone how has hurt you badly often does not cause peace in the process. So can peace really be an effective guide?
Where Is Your Peace?
Something I am just coming to realize is that the peace we should be looking for is not the peace that comes from no troubles, but it is a peace that comes from the Lord. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid” (John 14:27).
Therefore peace should still be our guide, but we need to make sure that the peace we are following comes from the Lord.