- Published: Wednesday, 17 August 2016 09:25
- Written by Bethany Elle
God makes his people strong. God gives his people peace.
We live in a world of turmoil, as I look around I see it everywhere. How does one have peace through it all? What do you have to do to maintain peace within? God has promised to make his people strong and to give them peace, but what if you are not feeling strong and at peace?
I recently had an experience that I walked into and I felt my peace boil into anger, a lot of anger. The situation around me was turmoil, passivity, and discontent. At that moment, I did not feel strong, nor did I feel any peace inside of me. My response was a rebuke. A loud rebuke. This was surprising to those around me, and a little surprising to me too.
It made me ask the question, "what does peace look like?" and, "When my peace is interrupted, what is the godly response?'
When Jesus entered the temple and saw all the merchants selling their goods, his peace was disrupted. He boiled with anger because of the lack of respect for his Father's house. He moved through their place of business and rebuked them with a rope, demanding that they leave. What on earth led him to such a display of passion?
Our enemy is all about chaos and turmoil. He does not want peace to abound, nor does he want us to be a respector of peace. He stirs up confusion, and pain. He also knows that peace can be disturbed by doing nothing. Jesus knew that by doing nothing, peace would not reign in the hearts of others. It takes strength to cut through the chaos, and recreate peace.
Are you facing a place in your life that is confusing, chaotic, and painful? Are you boldly moving towards it, or looking away? What do you believe about peace? To be a peace-maker, one must confront truth. To live in peace, one must battle the lies within and seek truth. To be given enough peace to slay the chaos, there must be strength.
Is your peace being threatened today? May God bring you to a place of strength so that you have enough peace to face the threat!