Peace is what brings us together. The desire for and having it keeps us in steady consideration of one another. This is how God wanted us to live with each other. In steady consideration so that peace would prevail. When we are in harmony with one another it is amazing to see what can be accomplished. More than that we are able to live out what love is. Peace brings about love. Love brings out the best in all of us. We do not become consumed with doing our own thing. Rather we become aware of each other and God is able to use us in conjunction with one another. We are stronger as a whole. From peace and the ability to live in love our gratitude is grown for the life we inhabit and our praise of God is abundant.
Colossians 3:15 NIV
It is through faith in God that our peace grows. Peace with God comes through what Christ did for us. Our acknowledgement of His sacrifice brings us into harmony with God and all He wants for us. Having peace requires our trust in God and how He wants to move in our lives. We must leave the door open for Him to do as He knows is best for us. We do not know better than Him. When we lay our lives down for Him to direct we are able to pick them back up with the full expectation of peace. In this peace we can shout praises for God for the grace and mercy we receive everyday.
Romans 5:1 NIV
Considerations for your planner:
- Does peace rule in your life? Write down how you can be peaceful with others more today?
- Do your plans consider God? Write down how you are trusting God for the plans in your life.
A Story of Doing More Through Peace:
After college I entered into a job that provided job security and provided for all the needs of my life. I was excited for the new opportunity. I did not intend on staying in that job for more than a couple years, but the comfort of predictability soon kept me from seeing any other options. I got to the point that I didn’t really like the job, but the predictability and stability kept me in it.
I got to the point that I felt trapped. I had no peace in what I was doing, but I was consumed with fear and worry that I could never find something better. I knew God had more for me. I continued to let the world dictate to me what I should do and what made sense. My fear and worry stole my peace. I didn’t trust God to provide for me. I was trusting in the world and how it works. I continued to suck it up and go to a job that drained me of joyful life.
Finally, I could not do it any longer. I had to make peace with walking away from that job. Nothing about it was serving me and it certainly was not serving God’s purpose. I asked God to lift the burden of worry about what I would do next. He did. My trust in Him now provides all I need. Life fulfilling work has found me. I did not have to look for it. He is setting my steps. I am excited to turn to Him and earnestly say, “what’s next?” I am grateful I do not have the burden of making my own plans anymore.
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