This is one of my first blog posts, and still one of my favorites. I updated it a bit today. This is a message we have to be reminded of often.
Christian Cliché #23
“I just don’t have peace about this.”
Interesting, isn’t it? This simple line can get people out of a previous commitment, a job, a move, a college, and even a relationship.
But where is the concept of peace as a guiding principle given in Scripture?
Did Esther have peace about going before the King? What about Jonah going to Nineveh? Daniel probably had little peace about becoming an afternoon snack for hungry lions. The three Hebrew boys probably weren’t singing “Peace Like a River” when they chose to burn rather than bow. What about Stephen? Or Paul during his many trials? Perhaps the best example is Christ, himself. He did not wait for peace when He prayed, “Not my will, but thine be done.”
If any of these people had waited to act until they were overcome with peace, we would not know their names today.
Sadly, the concept of “peace” is regularly abused as a Christian copout. When in reality Peace is not given for guidance in Scripture, but for comfort to those who place their faith in God. (Psalm 119:165; Isaiah 26:3; Rom 5:1; Philippians 4:6-8).
Bottom line: Peace is a product of trusting God.
Peace is not to be uses as a “decision maker,” but rather is the result of being in God’s will. In Scripture, peace always comes after obedience, not before.