“And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7)
Yesterday’s devotion presented the backdrop to what we now consider today. If you have not yet read that, it would be in your best interest to do so now. Today’s lesson pick up where yesterday’s left off.
The prophet Isaiah wrote, “You will go out with joy, and be led forth with peace” (Isaiah 55:12 NIV). Jesus came to restore us to peace with God, and thereby give us the peace of God. Thus we can safely conclude that as many as are led by the Spirit, are led by peace.
Peace is one of the signs you will find along the route if you are being led by the Holy Spirit. It is not the only sign, but I suggest that it is the first sign you will find on your journey. And I must say at the outset that your further progress will depend upon whether or not you let that peace guard your heart in the present moment.
In plain English, if you are faced with a decision to say or do something and you do not have peace in your heart about it – back off. You need to weigh it more carefully to see if that lack of peace is the Holy Spirit leading you in another direction. The Bible tells us that “whatever is not of faith, is sin”(Romans 14:23). Faith is the conscious awareness of what meets with God’s approval (as revealed to us by the Spirit of God through the Word), and the courageous decision to live within that conviction.
So ask yourself the question, and give an honest answer – “Do I have peace about this? Do I have the conscious awareness that it meets with God’s approval?” If you do, then go for it. If you do not – step away from the vehicle; for the devil is about to take you for a ride!
Paul encouraged us to “follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another” (Romans 14:19). He goes on later to offer this blessing, “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost” (Romans 15:14). It seems that if we will do the first, then the Lord will do the latter.
Paul tells us in his letter to the Philippians to “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your request be made know to God, and the peace of God that passes understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Journey onward my friends, and walk in peace. If you start in peace, and walk onward in peace, then you will end up in peace — “Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is peace.” (Psa 37:37 KJV).
Tomorrow we will look for the second sign on the road…