Several months ago I was working on a project … but the project was stalling because a certain problem kept getting in my way. Although the solution was right in front of my eyes, it was hard for me to see because I was holding on too tightly to a couple project components. Once I loosened my grip, that is, my dependency on those elements, the solution became crystal clear to me. Then a refreshing peace quickly followed and soothed my mind.
God’s peace is all-encompassing, given freely to His followers, and has nothing to do with your current circumstances. Even if you lose everything, if you gain His peace, you are rich beyond measure. When we cling to other items … worldly and material items … receiving His precious gift of peace is hard for us to do. This is like wrapping your fingers tightly around a shiny penny, not wanting to give it up, while God is reaching out and offering you an unlimited supply of gold.
To receive His gifts, you must first open your hands, and really your heart to Him. By doing so, you can release your cares and concerns into His hands for perfect care and keeping. Once you release your grip on transient, material, worldly fixes, your hands are open to receive and grab onto the peace He has been trying to give you all along. Keep in mind today the Divine nature of this gift; it is not the world’s peace He gives … it is a powerful peace that transcends all human understanding.
You see, you have to grab the right things to find God’s peace. I know His peace isn’t everywhere. It’s not in a bottle, a drug, pornography, sex or love, work, food, thrills, sports, TV, or even our kids. But these are often the first places we look and we are amazed when they don’t deliver the peace we crave that only He can deliver. Look in the right places!
After His resurrection, the first words Jesus spoke to his disciples were, “Peace be with you.” He knew they needed His Peace … and he knows that you need His Peace today.
Today, take a look at an area of your life where you feel unsettled. Ask yourself, “What am I holding too tightly that prevents me from grabbing the peace God is offering me?” Is it my ego, control, looks, image, money, security, risk-aversion, or kids? We all have areas we exalt more highly than they deserve compared to what God offers. Allow your hand to release that thing by applying His Word, character, and promises. And then feel Him put His peace right in your hand for you to grab.
Dear Father, I feel that there are so many aspects of my life that are out of my control. I feel I am a victim of my circumstances. But I know that in reality I am really a victim of my own thinking and decisions. Your gift of all-encompassing peace is exactly what I need. Even though Your peace is a gift, I sometimes feel unable to receive it. Perhaps it’s because I am clinging so tightly to other things … my loved ones, my possessions, my reputation … even my addictions or sources of false relief. I keep looking in the wrong places. I pray to You, my Lord, that You help me treasure and value Your Peace above all else. Help me release my grasp on other things so that I may receive Your gifts. I pray in the name of the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
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.
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.