“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]”.—(Colossians 3:15 AMP)
Troubles and challenges come to us all. Whether it comes in the unsettling tug to make tough decisions, choose a new path for your life or decide on whether you want to marry that person you are currently considering.The challenge of making a decision that could ultimately affect your future, coupled with the doubts and desires you might be having about your current circumstances are not peculiar to you. God understands the incessant interplay between our heads—those rationalizations about the situation—and our hearts—our perceptions—and so He says in Colossians 3:15 to let the peace of Christ be the umpire; the settler of the any variance in your heart.
So what is this peace of Christ? And how do I get it concerning my situation? You might ask.
In John 14:27, Jesus said: “Peace I leave you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” By the import of this statement, peace is an assurance of a desirable end. It is a guarantee that not matter how bad the situation looks like your victory is assured.
But to get this guarantee in any situation, certain conditions must first be met.
In John 16:32-33, Jesus clarifies how his peace comes to you. He says: “Behold, the hour cometh, yea is now come that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
The peace of Christ comes by the word of God and not just that, it comes by the spoken word of God about your situation. The original Greek uses the word, “rhema”. Rhema is the personal word from God to you about that situation.
So let me ask you: What has God said to you about your health, career or family?Whatever he has said is the peace of Christ that must now guide your decision making. It is the God- finality to all your problems. And like an umpire, that rhema word you have received will check any contrary situation that may arise when you speak it forth or act on it .
So pick up your Bible now and meditate, go to God in prayer and attend your church meetings regularly.Get a word from God because He has something specific to say to you about your what you are going through. His word will give you peace through your situation until your expectation becomes your reality.
Patrick N. Igbinijesu