“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives.”
~ Jesus Christ
When I was in high school I was involved in what was called the “Party Scene”. Each Friday and Saturday night me and my friends would drive around looking for a house party (Usually, some kid’s house whose parents were gone for the weekend). These parties were notorious for immorality. In addition to drunkenness and sexual sin there would be drug use. The usual drug of choice was marijuana. Although I drank alcohol (Notice the past tense of that verb “drank”) I could never bring myself to try smoking pot. When I asked my friends why they enjoyed smoking weed they would reply, “It mellows you out.” Or, “It calms you down.” Apparently they liked the temporary peace it brought to their lives. If you were to ask people today, why they smoke marijuana, I suppose they would give you similar answers that my friends gave years ago. They desire peace.
Like the world, we Christians long for inner peace as well. With our busy schedules of work, family, ministry, school, recreation and the sort, our lives can become hectic. As a result, many Christians lack the peace they so desire. Although I would never recommend, or condone, consuming anything that would alter our mind such as alcohol or drugs, I would suggest that every Christian consider having a lot of P-O-T. Now, this is not only my suggestion, but the exhortation of Holy Scripture in order to bring peace to the life of every believer. Let me explain.
But, before I do….I was just interrupted by a knock at the church door. It was a 22 year old young man that attended the youth group I used to pastor here at Son Rise. I hadn’t seen him in several years. He now has three children ( 5 yr. 2 yr. & 5 months). He works and recently went back to school. When he came into my office he said how busy his life is and how tired he is. I said, “___________, you need POT.” He said, “Yeah.” (This confirmed just how tired he really was.) After a moment he said, “What did you say!” I laughed and went on to explain.
The “P” stands for prayer. Phil 4:6-7 reads, “Do not be anxious (Worried, stressed, fretful) about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” What, or who do you turn to when you are worried or stressed out? I think we would all like to say God is the first one we turn to in stressful situations. But, if truth be known, most of us try to figure things out ourselves, or immediately call a friend or family member. However, God wants us to first come to Him in prayer and present our concerns to Him. When we do this, God promises a peace that this world can’t give or even understand.
The “O” stands for obedience. Isa 32:17 “The fruit of righteousness will be peace.” Conversely, Isaiah 57:21 reads “There is no peace,” says my God, “for the wicked.” Have you ever noticed how your heart races a little faster and your stress level begins to rise when you’re speeding on the freeway? (For those of you who never speed just fill in another sin you do commit : ) You’re constantly looking in your rearview mirror and peering for patrol cars that may be around the next corner. If anything, your drive is not a relaxing one. However, when you are obeying the rules of the road you’re less likely to be worried about an infraction. The spiritual lesson is obvious. When we are walking in obedience to God’s commands we have a peace because we are walking in His will.
The “T” stands for trust. Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” What is the root of worry? Jesus in, Matthew 6, asks His disciples why they worry about their life; what they will eat or drink, or about what they will wear. Jesus gets to the heart of the problem as He says, “O you of little faith.” Is your life filled with worry, stress and anxiety? Are you constantly worrying about what the future may or may not bring you? If so, perhaps you are not truly trusting in Jesus. Have we really put our entire lives into the hands of the All-powerful, All-knowing, All-loving God? Then why do we worry? Jesus’ words are just as true to us as they were in the 1st century, “O you of little faith.” If we want a perfect peace then we must trust in the Lord.
As you pray, obey and trust in the Lord may you enjoy the peace that only Christ can give.
In His Peace,