“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)
Is God at peace in all circumstances? Does anything wrinkle or ruffle the plan of heaven to the place where frustration flows from the throne of heaven? Can you ever imagine a time when it appears the evil one’s schemes have so invaded a particular scenario that the Lord would wring His hands in a moment of fearful anxiety? Of course not! God is in control and at peace at all times. Nothing has ever been done, or for that matter said in heaven or on earth, that rattled or challenged His peace. What a God is our God!
Now, what about you? Have you been wrestled to the ground recently with a hold that was self-induced emotionally? Rewinding and replaying “what if” scenes complete with dialogue is a temptation and sometimes a preoccupation that many leaders fight from within on a constant basis. Discounting such inward behavior with an attitude of “well, that’s just me” is not only a passive response but also one that is completely damaging to the Christian leader.
Here’s the good news. As a child of God, we are beneficiaries of all that is His. Therefore, it is available to His children. However, it must come from Him and not the cessation of any activity that may rob the believer of a temporary calm spirit. “Peace at all times and in every way” is not a learned behavior but a benefit of walking with God. However, when there is a lack of peace in your path, scrutinize your traveling partners.
The old story is told…One dark and stormy night (all great stories begin like that), the passengers on a speedy train were uneasy as they raced along the tracks bordered by lightning and thunder. A horrendous storm shook the train even at its great speed. One of the frightened passengers noticed a small boy seemingly unaffected by what was happening. “Little boy,” he asked, “Aren’t you afraid?” The little boy looked up, smiling and replied with pride, “No, sir, I’m not scared, ‘cause my daddy’s the engineer!”
Peace comes from whom you know and whose you are! Now that will get you down the tracks!