Peace only comes from God. Period. No other source has lasting peace. It’s that simple. Our church is observing a 21 day fast. Fasting can take on many forms. For details on what fasting can be and for the 21 day daily guide, go to https://madeforfellowship.com/21dayfast/. If you have questions, let me know.
Yesterday’s reading is below.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. ~Colossians 3:15-17 NIV
I woke up without peace today. More friends have Covid. More friends are sick in general. Friends are struggling with a myriad of things. I didn’t sleep well. I woke up feeling anxious. My first thought was I need time with Jesus. I couldn’t wait to get my tea and connect with Him. I know you have seen posts of my tea mug and porch view on Facebook. So to not overwhelm you all, I don’t post every time I do it because it is nearly daily. That is my goal for 2022. Daily. Daily with God! I knew I couldn’t do today without Him. I was already nearly in tears when I woke up. I dove into my 21 day fast guide and decided to spend more time on yesterday’s passage because yesterday was rushed. Some days just are. Today I had time and needed to make time.
The passage in Colossians showed me something. With so many friends struggling, I want to make sure I am pointing them to God for peace and hope. This passage tells me 2 things:
- Peace is a command. “As members of one body you were called to peace” – Called to peace. We are told to have peace. How do we get that peace – Jesus. Only Jesus. Not any amount of yoga, chamomile tea, long walks on the beach or anything will give us that peace. You add Jesus to those practices, that works. Connect to Jesus, our Prince of Peace, you will find peace. You are required, called, commanded to peace. The only way is time with Him. Thus, we are commanded to be with Him to find peace. Command=Peace. Peace is derived from time with God. Command = Time with God. (That’s my math brain kicking in.)
- We are to “teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit“. When I encourage my friends, my encouragement should be wisdom – this comes from scripture and songs of His truth. Sometimes I will attach a verse to a friend in need. Now I always will. Or I attach a link to a song on YouTube or words from a song. We need His truth which is found in all these things. We aren’t just called to peace but to teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.
I’m excited for these new revelations today. God never disappoints. I am seeking His peace in a world that is full of woe, disease, pain, suffering, fun, adventures, relationships, and more. As we live this life, let’s share wisdom with one another. Share a link to your favorite song of truth. Open your hymnal for your devotional time. Sing to Him. Read the hymn, if you prefer. So much truth in those hymnals. Read the Psalms. Sing the psalms. Make up your own tune, even if it’s out of tune. We aren’t to live as those without hope. Lean on our Prince of Peace. Obey His command – you are called to peace. Seek Him, gain peace, and pass it on.
Dream Big! Pray Big!