Romans 8:5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.
Peace comes up so often in the bible. It is truly one of the greatest desires and gifts the Father has for us. So why is it so elusive?
What parent doesn’t enjoy watching their child being fully content. Whether they are building something with Legos (do kids still do that), having a tea party with their dolls (are dolls even still a thing?) or reading a book (ok, now I’m really pushing it)… a child at rest or recreation.
The point is, a parent hopefully isn’t grinding constantly on “do your homework, clean up your room, take out the trash, do the dishes”. There is a time for service to the family but how much MORE joy is there when watching a child take a nap, or having a fun conversation with a friend on the phone laughing and joking, to know our child is fully at peace.
It’s like the point of this is elusive in my own heart. It feels so much like I need to be “doing” for God to make Him happy, but yet how much more does He find great joy in me when I am simply experiencing great joy and peace.
I’ve found this concept of PEACE (or lack there of) has been coming up more and more lately. So this morning I ask myself;
Am I truly experiencing peace?
After some time of reflection, I’ve come to the conclusion the honest answer is rarely.
I have moments of accomplishment, moments of laughter, moments of worship, moments of prayer & meditation… at times I believe I do authentically experience God.
But all too often I feel driven more than peaceful. I actually feel guilty when trying to embrace a sabbath and rest, or worrying about those who are suffering hardship or persecution while I’m “having fun” at some social or recreational outing, or even feeling shame when being forced to rest, as is the case the last 2 weeks while being out of work for medical reasons.
So what does God say about peace?
- Discipline, Obedience and Righteousness
- God’s Favor
- Joy and Unity in the Spirit
- Living as the New Creation
- Being a peace-maker
It is so easy for me to get wrapped up in the world, in the pressures of family, work and ministry. The things I worry about I believe are good things, but I am not supposed to worry at all!
Provided I’m am doing my part through faith and obedience to the the Word of God, the outcomes are ALWAYS up to GOD.
And as is always the case, God’s Word simplifies this topic so much better than I ever could.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.