Fresh Hope – 30th September 2020

The peace of God is powerful. Often we associate peace with all things still and passive, but in the kingdom, peace is powerful and active. Peace isn’t a feeling, it’s a person. One of the names of Jesus is ‘Prince of Peace’ (Isaiah 9:6). When you are experiencing peace, you are experiencing the person of Jesus. In the world, peace is the absence of something – the absence of noise, clutter, and demands. But in the kingdom, peace is the presence of Jesus. 

The Devil is always trying to rob you of your peace. Yes, He brings fear, but He also loves to work with more socially acceptable feelings of anxiety and stress. If He can keep us occupied with stress, then our creativity is the first to go. If he can keep us anxious, then we are idolizing our circumstance, and diminishing Jesus. We have given more power to our situation or circumstance, than we have to God.

Mark 4:35-39 tells the story of Jesus on a boat with his disciples on the Sea of Galilee, ‘And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm’. 

What I most love about this account was that Jesus was asleep on His pillow. A little boat in a big storm – Oh what peace of heart He must have had to just be sleeping! And it wasn’t the storm that eventually woke Him, it was the stressed outcries of His disciples! 

Jesus calmed the storm, but corrected His disciples for not having faith, ‘But He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”. The disciples had allowed stress and anxiety of circumstance, to take priority over the peace that was available to them in the midst of the storm. 

‘Anxiety’ comes from the Latin word which means ‘to choke’. A related word means ‘tightness or narrowness’. Fear works by choking and constricting the peace, life, lightness, and spaciousness of your life. This is not the model Jesus set for us. This is not the life purposed for us. 

In whatever stressful situation you are facing, fix your mind on the person of Jesus – the Prince of Peace.

Emma Burchell

A daily devotion for a better way of living.