Sunday

Peace

Where does your peace come from? Is it dependent on your job? Your home? Your husband or wife? Your kids? Is your peace dependent on whether you have the money to pay your bills? Is It dependent on whether your house is clean or not? On whether your kids behave? Is it dependent on whether your laundry is caught up? Does your peace depend on whether your homeschooling is going exactly as planned? On whether you have the “perfect” curriculum or not?

Where does your peace come from?

If your peace comes from anyone or anything other than Christ, then your peace is only a false sense of security. It isn’t real. It’s the appearance of peace, but you do not have real peace. REAL peace only comes through Jesus Christ. Jesus is the Prince of Peace. Colossians 3:15 says to, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”

Not only should we find our peace in Christ, but we are called to do so! There can be no true peace if that peace is not found in Jesus.

There are many things that will have the appearance of peace: Have a wonderful husband or wife, obedient children, the money to pay the bills, a good savings account, a nice house, a great homeschooling day/week/month/year, housework caught up, laundry done, a healthy family. LOTS of things can have the APPEARANCE of true peace. However, without Christ, all of these things are for nothing. There is no purpose to them. They are just activities that we do.

What happens when something goes wrong: Your husband or wife isn’t so wonderful, your kids disobey, your family loses income and can’t pay the bills, the savings dwindles &/or disappears, the house is foreclosed on or must be sold for a smaller one, you have a terrible day/week/month/year in homeschooling, the housework gets behind, the laundry isn’t done, or someone get sick. What do you do then? Where is your peace? Do you still have it?

Chances are if you found your peace in those things, then when those things are gone, so is your peace. If, however, your peace is in Christ then you’ll have the peace that passes all understanding. You’ll have that peace of knowing that although something is wrong, God will get you through. You may not know how, you may not know when, but you DO know that God will get you through. You have an unexplainable peace. It’s unexplainable largely because everything else around you says that you shouldn’t have peace…yet you do…and you can’t explain how.

I know. I’ve been there. Many times.

I’m still there.

There are days when I can’t tell you what tomorrow will bring, but I do know that God will be there with us. I know that He will provide for all of our needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I know that even though tomorrow is not laid out for me, whatever it holds…I can still have peace.

I won’t always go there first. Sometimes God will remind me in prayer or in my quiet time that I have started to put my peace in something else and that I need to get my eyes back on Him. That happens when things are bad…and when things are good. I think it’s actually easier to take our eyes off of God when things are going well. It’s easy to “blame” our circumstances for our peace. When things go wrong, though…where do we turn? We know that ultimately, without Him…we won’t make it through.

I would like to encourage you to evaluate where your peace comes from. Try putting your peace and your trust in Jesus. Honestly answer this question: Are you relying on anything or anyone else to bring you peace? If everything around you falls apart tonight…would you remain at peace?

-Me

4 comments:

Melody said...

OHHHHHHHHH SOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!
And did I ever need that reminder!
Awesome!!!

Cynthia said...

Where did the link go to the person who designed your blog skin? I had been looking at her prices and samples, but have somehow lost her website so I came back here to look it up again and now I don't see it listed on your blog. Can you help me locate the designer again? Thanks

Cynthia said...

Nevermind my comment yesterday. Today all of your right hand sidebar items are showing again. Thanks.

Amy said...

Cynthia,

Her button is still there. It's on the right side all the way down at the bottom.

You can also go directly to her site @ www.moritzfinedesigns.com.

She is WONDERFUL! I highly recommend working with her!

Amy

 
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