“Peace, be still.”
With these words, Jesus Christ was able to calm a violent, stormy sea. With waves thrashing all around them mere moments before, His twelve disciples couldn’t believe their eyes when the water suddenly became as smooth as a small pond. Before Jesus spoke these three, simple words, they were fearing for their very lives; but they soon discovered the true nature of His deity when He proved His power over the world’s natural elements. They were completely surrounded by an extremely frightening situation, yet when Jesus performed His miracle, it made the living nightmare vanish right in front of them!
How amazing it is that God is able to make our problems go away with His miraculous power! No matter how noisy or stressful the world gets, He is above it all, ruling from His throne in pristine glory and majesty. It is no wonder that nothing troubles God, for He is God, the sovereign Ruler of the universe that He created. However, we humans down here on earth are of a far lesser state. Because of our sin, we are plagued daily with a variety of innumerable concerns, wishing that the whole world could just stop spinning for one second. In the midst of all the earthly chaos, though, there is a still small Voice that is calling out to us each day.
God is inviting us to possess His perfect peace every day, but many of our daily distractions keep us from finding it. Some of our distractions can’t be prevented, but there are others that can be helped. Let’s take a look at some of the things we CAN control to help us protect our perfect peace.
1. Avoid the unnecessary noise!
I know it’s an age-old solution, but it’s still valid today more than ever. If you’re trying to spend time with God through prayer or Scripture reading, find a nice, quiet place or time of day to commune with Him. Don’t try to convince yourself that playing music or listening to something else won’t distract you, because it will, in spite of your best intentions. Turn off the TV, stop the music, and go somewhere that you know you can be completely alone. Depending on your personal routine or daily schedule, this may be more difficult to do. All that matters in God’s eyes is that you’re making an effort to spend quality time with Him as His child. The point is, if the noisy distractions aren’t necessary, then put them away! The still, quiet presence of the Holy Spirit is far more rewarding.
2. Drain your brain!
Everyone has many different things on their mind each day. Stress isn’t called a killer for no reason! Whether it’s an assignment, a test, a work project, or a performance, any type of challenge can potentially become deadly if its weight isn’t kept in check. Do yourself a favor and put your fears to bed! A huge sense of empowerment comes the day you realize that your daily circumstances do NOT have permission to control you. If you’re struggling with a load of stressful issues, simply give it all to God, and leave it in His hands. He wants you to cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares about you. Once you accept the fact that only He has the real power in your life, you can put yourself at ease by knowing that He can handle it. Whatever it is that’s bothering you, God can take all the pressure away from you.
3. Remember God’s practical promises!
A great deal of anxiety occurs when we take into account all of the things that are said and happening around us in the world. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the hype that is designed to capture your attention and never let go! Sometimes we find ourselves becoming too occupied with man’s vain opinion or petty actions we hear about on the news. Remember, we are IN this world, but not OF it! Just as God is presently sitting above us in Heaven unaffected by man’s wicked imaginations, so shall we be unaffected if we recall eternal, biblical truths. Regardless of man’s words or actions, God’s truth never passes away or becomes void. Reassuring ourselves of God’s sovereignty can calm our hearts in the midst of the turmoil that surrounds us.
For further affirmations of peace, here are God’s valuable words of truth:
Isaiah 26:3 ~ “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.“
Matthew 6:6 ~ “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.“
Psalm 2:4 ~ “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.“
1 Peter 5:7 ~ “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”
John 17:16 ~ “They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.”
Isaiah 54:10 ~ “For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.“
Psalm 119:165 ~ “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”
Now you can see that God fully intends for us to live in peace every day, no matter what situations are going on around us! He can carry away your stress and help you see that you’re blessed! If you are God’s child, you carry His power within you at all times, and you can be invincible to the troubles of this world. It doesn’t mean that you are blind to them, but it simply means that they don’t control your happiness or rob you of your peace. Nobody said that this was going to be easy, because protecting your peace is a full-time job! However, if you have unwavering faith in God’s Word, then you have nothing to fear!
– Gloria D. Hopkins