I woke up worshiping the Lord this morning, reflecting on all the great things I heard Him do yesterday through my friend’s life. As I sat with God in my alone space, I had no particular thing to ask on my mind… no particular need, so I asked God what I should ask…. Just like this.. “What question today Father?” In response this question came to mind, “Do you want peace?”
“Yes,” I quickly replied. I was in a moment of peace, so I knew that the peace I currently had was not what the Lord was referring to. I sat still and opened my mind to wait, to receive whatever God wanted to teach me. I heard another thought… it was a verse from John 14:27 “My peace I leave with you, MY peace I give to you, not as (in the way) the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither be afraid.”
How we need peace. Yet voices around me, whether from visible or invisible sources tend to tug at my attention and pull my thoughts toward other things, so many things. Children, family, work, half-done projects, illness, finances… and the list goes on.. I feel there are things I must DO or needs of others that I must meet… pressures… how many things did I get done today? Was it enough? And, what about tomorrow? What will happen? …. so many questions… Yet perfect peace happens when we let go of all those thoughts and hand them to God. We can put them in a box and hand them over to God. He knows about them already, of course, but it’s our letting go that allows him to work without us getting in the way. Psalm 46:10 is such a simple word “Be still and know that I am God.” For that to mean something to us, we need to have faith that God is powerful. One of the names revealed in Hebrew for God is El Elyon… The name itself means “God Most High”.
Just say that aloud a few times… God Most High. You are God Most High. Thank him for that reality and remember that it means just what it says. Over all else, God is most high.
Perfect peace happens when we place all of our trust in God Most High. We trust he will lead us in the way we need to go like the Good Shepherd of Psalm 23. The Lord is a good Shepherd. When we follow him we lack nothing. He makes us lie down in green pastures. He leads us beside still waters. He restores our soul… and more. So we cannot engage in trying to figure out all the troubles of this world. Faith is believing that God has plan far beyond what we can imagine. We can ask questions and we can listen for his answers. Our Shepherd is always listening for the sound of his sheep, his children.
“Do you want peace?” Oh, how God knows what we long for. In John 15:7-8 Jesus speaks this…
“If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. “ What assurance we have in this word. Just abide, he says. That’s what matters. If we ABIDE in the Christ through His Holy Spirit he will be as close as our breath…. both in us and around us. The still small voice of God will lead us through all the thoughts to a warm place where only the good remains.
Are you in a hard place at the moment? If so, I hope this comes to you as overly simple. What seems hard isn’t that hard as we allow ourselves to let go of the need to handle everything. You have a Heavenly Father who says “Just ask”.. If you haven’t come to God in this way before, why not now? It is the perfect time. God is a full of compassion and mercy for our situations. He is a collector of every tear that falls from his children. Not one is forgotten. Yet He wants us to come close… to lean in to his chest. It’s such a wonderful place of comfort. Our Father’s heartbeat is such a comforting sound, so come close and listen. Once you begin to hear it’s rhythm, your own heart will align with it and all will seem right again. You’ll build a foundation of intimacy you can return to when the noise of the news roars again, or a friend calls with a trouble. You’ll remember. So lay down all those troublesome, busy thoughts for a moment and just lean on God. Find a place where you can just lean. Let him teach you what perfect peace feels like, what home feels like and remember it. It is written….
1 Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”