Roller Coaster Peace

By The Mad Preacher, clip-art-rollercoaster-428971Rod Davis

 Instead of telling God how big your problems are tell your problems how big your God is.

There’s a passage of scripture that has keep me afloat over the years during the many floods that life has send my way.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. (Isaiah 26:3-4 [1]) Another way of saying that passage is “You will keep in perfect peace those who have made up their mind to trust you.”

What is perfect peace? According to one dictionary, “peace is a mental calm: a state of mental calm and serenity, with no anxiety.” [2] The problem is this; what happens when something or someone disturbs our mental calm and serenity?  Many of us who, call themselves “Christian”, kiss our peace goodbye and give in to anxiety. This is not the kind of peace to which God’s Word refers.

God’s peace doesn’t depend on favorable circumstances to determine whether one is at peace or not.  That is not “perfect peace”. I call that a roller coaster peace. On the days that we’re on top emotional, and things are going our way, we feel peaceful. However, when something happens to rob us of our sense of well being our emotional roller coaster starts to drop to the bottom leaving our peace behind. Then when life feels a little more manageable our roller coaster starts to go back up toward the top and many of us have never really been to the top. All seems well again until the next time distress happens and back down to the bottom we go.

Now, “perfect peace”, on the other hand, is vastly different. It’s a peace that says, “My peace does not rest on favorable circumstances. I don’t give it away when a storm swells up around me. It’s not decided by that which is only temporal. But my peace, indeed my hope, is place in that which is Eternal.”

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts [the seat of your emotions] and your minds [the seat of your thinking] in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)

Jesus said,                                                                                                                  “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)

The key to staying in perfect peace, God’s peace, is a choice. It’s making up our mind that we’re going to trust God no matter what happens!

Do not give your peace to anybody!

There is a video version of the message at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRtemQkbUDY&feature=youtu.be

[1]  Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “NIV” and “New International Version” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by International Bible Society. Use of either trademark requires the permission of International Bible Society.

[2] Encarta ® World English Dictionary © & (P) 1998-2005 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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