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 ruffle the plan of heaven whereby frustration flows from the throne of heaven? Can you imagine a time when the evil one’s schemes have caused the Lord to 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 said that rattled or challenged His peace. What an awesome God we have!
What about you? Have you been wrestled to the ground with a hold that was self-induced emotionally? Have you replayed “what if” scenes in your head? Leaders are often tempted to fight this preoccupation. You could try to pass it off by saying, “Well, that’s just me.” This is not only a passive response, but it is very damaging to the Christian leader.
Here is 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, instead of the cessation of any activity that may rob the believer of a temporarily calm spirit. “Peace at all times and in every way” is not a learned behavior; rather, it is 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 these circumstances. He asked, “Little boy, 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!