God Promises to be a God of peace
Suggested Reading: Ephesians 2:14-18
God is not a God of confusion but of peace—I Corinthians 14:33
Peace is one of the spiritual gifts Jesus supplied his disciples when he was ready to ascend into heaven (John 14:27). If there is one sure, dependable litmus test and indicator whether God is orchestrating an activity, it is through this promise. We can measure all things by this promise and ask ourselves or others, “Is there peace or is there chaos and confusion?” God will not deal in confusion. He is not the author of confusion or discord and will not create or support it. The first thing God did before he created the world was bring order to chaos (Gen. 1:1-2). It will not take a rocket scientist or trained theological eye to recognize whether the presence of God is with us in our homes, workplace, church, meetings, plans or situations. Is there peace in our spirit, do we sense peace in those around us?
Darkness and peace cannot coexist. When God’s Spirit of peace is with us and in agreement with our activities and plans we will have internal peace even if there is no peace externally. When we are making decisions or entering into life-changing events Gods Spirit of peace will show up to let us know everything is right for us. Because God is a God of peace and not confusion we can invite him into every aspect of our life and he will guide us by his Spirit of peace.
Peace is a great partner and complement to faith. We have faith in God who is able to do all things and nothing is too hard for him, but even mystery is not absent of peace. We must also consider the inner discord or unrest that takes place when God’s Spirit of peace is not present: is our stomach tied in knots, do we have a feeling of unsettledness, does that gut instinct tell us not to do it, not to go forward, not to take that step; it may seem like a good business deal and the contract looks solid, but we have no peace about it. Inner chaos which is the same thing as God saying your spirit is not at rest because my Spirit of peace is not with you. That is our queue not to move forward or make any decisions until we have complete peace.
Paul instructed us, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace in every way.” (2 Thess. 3:16) God’s peace is a reliable sign for believers that God is present and at work; it is his “thumb’s up” in our life, activities, and plans. When chaos breaks out, we can stop and pray and God will instill peace. When confusion, and discord threaten to disrupt our environment we can invite God into the situation and circumstances and know without a doubt he will come in power and along with wisdom, light, and guidance he will also bring a spirit of peace. God’s promise of peace is an awesome Let‘s Pray,
Father you are not a God of confusion or discord, but of peace. Your peace helps us measure all activities in a way that is reliable. Thank you for sharing your peace with us and for being our God of peace. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen