Devotion #74

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

John 14:27 ESV

When we are looking for that supernatural peace in our marriages, we can find the answer in verses like this one. Despite our circumstances, He promises to give us His peace, my peace I give to you. When we keep our eyes fixed on Him, when we choose to do those things that strengthen His Spirit—reading His Word together, praying together, encouraging and worshipping together, submitting to one another, we will feel His peace. But this verse also reminds us we cannot find His peace in the world. Not as the world gives do I give you. 

The world is a chaotic place—numerous distractions, competing choices, endless interruptions, and we tie our peace to those distractions. You just need to turn on a news channel these days or scroll through your favorite social media and your peace dissipates. You know He’s sovereign over all things, yet you allow the voices of the world to take that peace from you. Suddenly, you’re fearful that our world is doomed and we will never recover. You begin to look to a future that doesn’t exist and try to manage problems that were never your responsibility. The world is full of distractions—that’s what the world gives us. And it can be so noisy. While God wants to set our minds on Him, the world draws our attention away. We know we should set our minds on Him in order to find the peace that surpasses all understanding, but we often choose to dwell on the suffering of this world. 

When we become too distracted by the world, God will allow trials in our lives that reveal what draws us away. He will force us to pause as a way to remove those distractions from our lives because we can’t hear his spirit with all the noise going on around us. If you or your spouse are getting distracted by the world, pause a moment and reflect on Him. 

You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.

Isaiah 26:3-4 ESV

This passage tells us where perfect peace is to be found—not a worldly peace that is temporary and superficial, but perfect peace that is true and everlasting. We can find it when our minds are stayed on Him.

Perfect peace. I love that phrase. As a definition, perfect is “exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose”, or “entirely without any flaws, defects, or shortcomings.” The supernatural peace is exactly fitting to our every situation—whether that’s a devastating circumstances or an annoying problem, His peace is tailor made for us.

Perfect peace is not found in trying to figure out the secret will of God, and it is not found in personal attempts to plan and control for circumstances or people in our life. No, the kind of peace that has staying power through the most difficult circumstances—the kind of peace that is perfect—comes from fixing our minds on Him. Because we know the One behind the mystery is gloriously good, worthy of our full trust and worship. We don’t need to have it all figured out, we only need to worship the One who does to find that perfect peace. 

If the noise of the world is too loud, take your spouse into a quiet room and read His Word together, hold hands and pray, turn off the news and turn up the music that makes your heart sing His praises, go for a walk and see the beauty in His creation. Whatever you do, set your mind on Him and He will give you His perfect peace.

Press on ~ you are loved 💗

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