While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”! Over the next 11 days I will continue sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself. Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.
Here is day twenty-one with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called by God to a life of peace.
Called To Peace
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.“
Colossians 3:15 (NIV)
How much peace do you feel in your life at the moment? What do you feel are the causes for that level of peace? Why? Does living with peace require the successful resolution of all conflict? Explain. What role does being thankful have in experiencing peace in all circumstances? Are there specific things that seem to repeatedly rob you of peace? Why? How can identifying those things, and how God was with you the last time those things happened, help you to have greater peace when they reoccur?
The cares of this world seem to do a pretty good job at disrupting the peace God wants us to live with. Since there is no magic wand to get rid of those cares, God calls us to a peace that surpasses all understanding. In the midst of conflict and discouraging circumstances, we can find peace in knowing God has been present before, during, and after all of the things that try to steal our peace. His presence will carry us through the conflicts of life with the peace of knowing the troubles are only temporary. When we live out this sacred calling of peace, we find that our relationship with God, and with others, is transformed.
As you pray about being called to peace, ask God to remind you of His presence during the times He seems most distant. Pray that you would trust in God’s promises when the cares of this world try to destroy the peace He has called you to. Pray that you would have courage in facing conflicts which are beyond your control with a peace that can only come from God. Pray about how your faith will allow you to see God at work in the midst of difficult and trying times.