I’m really sorry that I haven’t posted in a while, last week was busy as I was preparing with my choir, the Lagos Community Gospel Choir (LCGC) and Friends for the concert ‘Beyond Music’ that held on Sunday May 26th. What God did with willing hearts and hands? That is gist for another post… He showed up big time and I am still amazed at His faithfulness.
Today, my thought is just around ‘Peace’ and the fact that ‘Peace’ comes from who you know.
A famous quote says “Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm …”
Recently, I asked God for one thing; peace. With all the life changing decisions I have to make, peace is a priority. He answered my prayer as I searched the scriptures this morning. It hit me!
Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord…(Peter 1:2)
What does that mean? It means that peace comes through my knowledge of God. In other words, God said that if I want peace then I have to come get it by knowing Him. Have you ever gotten into some big trouble, say with the police and then just picked up your phone and made a call to someone who had enough influence to make it all go away? Knowing that you had that access alone kept you calm amidst all the trouble, sometimes even with a smile. The cops may have been wondering how you could have been so calm but deep down you knew why.
Honestly, when I think about all the things i need sorted, I could get very irritable and somewhat depressed but as I dare to believe and trust God, I realise that truly, peace is multiplied to me through the knowledge of God. And, that truly must be what made Joseph smile through his prison term, he was detached enough from his suffering to minister to others and in the pain, God prospered Him and His presence was with Him because He ‘knew’ God. I choose to know God and enjoy peace multiplied.
That is what makes me smile through the storm…and since it is really important to me to have peace, I have decided to do just that- to know God more.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. (Isaiah 26:3)
So, it is up to me. If I want to walk in peace, I have to do more than wish for it. I have to pursue it, my mind has to stay on God all day and all night, so I cannot let worry fill my mind. You know how you think about someone you love all day without any effort? You wonder how he/she is doing; you smile inadvertently at the thought of something he/she said? Well, that’s how much we’re supposed to think about God. Not out of complusion, but because we love him so much that we just want to make Him happy and then we literally replay His word in our hearts. Same as we do conversations with those we love, the words just resonate with us and we remember them at the oddest times. That is the exact same way God’s word can dominate our thoughts and when His Word dominates our thoughts and we know Him, His peace dominates our lives. Nothing must be bigger than God, not your problems, not the people around you, nothing! He becomes the central force, the source of your life.
As we seek God’s presence, we need to walk in His peace. If you need God to intervene in your situation, ask Him and then let it be. His peace is beyond all understanding and will keep you through the most stressful situations. I know it can be a challenge truly letting go, especially when all you want to do is ask ‘why me’ or rationalize the happenings around you. However, knowing God more brings the peace of understanding that ‘ALL things work together for your good because you love God’. I know it is tough to believe that when you are hurting so bad or have been disappointed so severely. But God’s ways are not our ways, so our answers are still hidden in Him.
Peace comes from who you know. Imagine the confidence of knowing the indescribable, incomparable, uncontainable, all powerful, untamable God, what peace that must bring. I say this to myself as I do you, get to know God some more! You can start by searching His Word!