“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)
This one verse contains an incredible command: God calls the entire body of Jesus Christ to let His peace govern our hearts, minds and bodies! The peace of God is to be the arbitrator of our lives, sitting as ruler over everything. If there was ever a time this call needed to be sounded, it is today in this hour of turmoil and confusion!
Why did the Lord command the early church to let His peace rule in their lives? It was because He knew what was coming and He wanted to prepare them! In just a few years’ time, incredible turmoil would come upon them.
They would be tortured and persecuted. They would face hard times, loss of homes, confiscation of all worldly goods, even attacks from vicious men who thought they were doing God a favor by killing them. God was warning them, preparing them, “You are going to have to be grounded in My peace because it alone will see you through all the incredible changes ahead!”
“The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:9).
Right now there is a false peace sweeping through many churches, a peace that will fail in the troubled days ahead. It is the peace of stubborn, sin-blinded Christians! Moses called such believers “self-blessed,” meaning self-deceived. He warned Israel that a curse would come upon all wicked, disobedient children of God who walked in idolatry. He said they would plaster over their sinful ways with a false sense of peace:
“When he hears the words of this curse, that he blesses himself in his heart, saying, ‘I shall have peace, even though I walk in the imagination of my heart’—as though the drunkard could be included with the sober” (Deuteronomy 29:19).
Moses is describing the child of God who decides to satisfy his lust for evil! He finds a cozy doctrine that tells him he is all right, still saved, heaven-bound, while continuing in his sin. He says to himself, “I will do as I please and still not lose the peace in my heart.”
No matter what happens to America or to the nations of the world, no power in hell can rob you of the peace of God through Jesus Christ, which He implants in your soul! God will have His people governed by peace.
“Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.”