Romans 15:13 (AMP): “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises”.
Peace is defined as “a state of quiet or tranquillity; freedom from disturbance or agitation as from fear, terror, anger, anxiety or the like; quietness of mind; calmness; quiet of conscience” (KJV Dictionary). It’s hard to think about calmness or tranquillity when we are suddenly faced with a crisis. If we want our default response to tragedy or crisis to be one of peace, we first need to find and internalise that peace ourselves. Peace is a gift from God, and we can only know peace by knowing God. This implies spending time with Him, and allowing Him to fill us with His joy and peace.
Let us be determined this week to:
Seek God wholeheartedly. In 2 Chronicles 15:2, Azariah said to Asa: “…The Lord is with you while you are with Him. If you seek Him [inquiring for and of Him, as your soul’s first necessity], He will let you find Him…” Let’s make seeking God – being in His presence and inquiring of Him about the details of our lives – our daily and first priority. He promises to draw close to us as we earnestly seek and put Him first in our lives (Deuteronomy 4:29; Psalm 14:2; Psalm 63:1; Acts 17:27-28; Hebrews 11:6; Jeremiah 29:14).
Rely on God fully. Our response to difficulty does not have to depend on our own abilities or strength. When we run to God first, we get to stand on His promises and find peace in Who He is (Philippians 4:7; John 14:27, 16:33). He is good and He loves us dearly! He is in control of our lives! He will help us. He is “our inspiration and fountain of hope, Who fills us to overflow with uncontainable joy and perfect peace as we put our trust in Him” (Romans 15:13 (TPT)).
Once we know the perfect peace of God, we are able to rest in the strength of His everlasting goodness, unfailing faithfulness, immeasurable grace and unconditional love.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your promise to be with us as we wholeheartedly seek You. Father please fill us with Your uncontainable joy and perfect peace as we put our trust in You completely! Thank you that Your wonderful peace that transcends our human understanding, will help us respond in a manner pleasing to you through all of life’s circumstances. We love You, we honour You, and we praise Your holy name.