In the midst of our crazy, busy lives, when life seems to throw all matter of challenging circumstances at us, we live a life of peace. We can have calm within the crazy. Peace within the storm. It doesn’t mean that we take our tins of baked beans and hunker down at home in avoidance of life’s challenges. It means that we live from a place of peace, responding to life with peace.
In Matthew 8 we read of a furious storm that raged over a boat carrying Jesus and His disciples. And while some of these disciples were seasoned sailors, being fishermen by trade, even they were freaked out. Yet Jesus slept, undisturbed by the storm around Him. Woken by the Disciples He spoke to the storm and calm returned.
Jesus didn’t react to the storm. He responded to it with what was inside of Him – peace. The storm had not disturbed His sleep because the peace within Him was greater than the storm that raged around Him. He knew that the Peace that resided in Him was more powerful than His external circumstances.
The enemy wants us to react to the external. To be in a state of being in fear, unsettled and disturbed. He wants us to exclude Jesus from the situation. But the reality is that like Jesus we are filled with peace for we have the Prince of Peace inside of us. We can release His peace to the circumstances and situations around us. God is with us in every situation because He is present within. We have the presence of God all the time and that means we have the peace of God always. The peace of God that is in us is more powerful than what we are going through.
“May the Lord of Peace Himself, give you His peace at all times and in every situation.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
A peaceful life is a powerful life. Declare peace to the storms around you.