A Blog by Jennifer Aulthouse


A heart for those who want more of God. A desperate plea for those who don't.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Peace

Peace, like joy – and all things of the Spirit – also has its roots in eternity. Its sense of presence within us is directly related to our making the choice to grasp hold of the promise of our desired inclusion in eternity, whether our immediate world around us is falling apart or not. The worldly definition of peace is merely the absence of conflict, but oh, so shallow! In John 14:27, Jesus says, “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.” He is not, not promising a life without conflict or a life free from anything that would serve to stir us in dissension and distress. Instead, we are all but promised a life filled with conflict surrounding us if we are fully abandoned to the pleasure of His will. No, His peace is an eternal assurance.

It is the assurance of His presence; the assurance of His hand guiding the details on the most molecular level, holding in His hands even the balance of the chemicals in the very air we breathe each moment. It is the assurance of a plan written before one of us came to be (Psalm 139); the assurance that God is attentive to every last concern we hold about what we consider precious. It is the assurance that His ways are higher than our ways, the relieving assurance that our universes do not rest on our shoulders; the assurance that just as we are, we are invited to come and believe, come and be re-created, come and truly live. It is the assurance that, though He may not calm the waves that threaten to topple and destroy you, He is in the boat, and there is a reason for this storm. It is the assurance that He will not leave you the way you are now, that in whatever way He’s calling you to serve Him, you will be perfectly equipped to do so. It is also the beautifully twisted assurance that there will be storms……though painful, they provide the opportunity for Him to display the tranquility of a heart surrendered to the peace He promises to one who may so desperately need to see such a heart. Peace is the rich, full assurance that He will be glorified in your life.

Go in peace, the peace He leaves with those who believe in Him; the assurance that every breath that has ever filled your lungs has been laden with the staggering purposes of making His presence known to you and through you.

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