“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…” Colossians 3:15
“I just have a peace about it in my heart.”
That’s what he said of his big-screen TV purchase and she said of her body-augmenting procedure.
Followers of Jesus Christ should always question the source of their peace. Innately, Holy Spirit-filled Christians know that some activities (under normal circumstances) are wrong, but yet too frequently we sense a perception-swaying tranquility that seems genuine and we allow it the privilege of casting decisive votes in our lives.
He had a peace in his heart as well. So peaceful was Jonah that he was able to sleep in the bowels of a sinking ship in the midst of a violent storm! How could he have such calm when he knew he was fleeing the very presence of the Lord? Was it because Jonah thought that the ship waiting in port that would carry him in the opposite direction, was a sign from God he was doing the right thing? Did Jonah misidentify the open door he plainly saw?
Yes, apparently he did.
Since we know that Jonah’s interpretation was flawed, we easily see that the peace he had experienced was flawed as well. Consequently we can glean from the story that it is a ploy of satan to supply escape vehicles when it is our desire to defy God. We will always find a boat waiting for us when it is our intention to journey in the opposite direction of God’s will. Let us remember that these ship-sightings bring into our hearts a simulated peace that if we’re not cautious — if we’re not prepared, if we don’t investigate, we will mistake for the real thing.
The prophet Jeremiah warned:
“The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked;Who can know it? We cannot trust in our hearts alone.” Jeremiah 17:9
The Apostle Paul expounds upon that doctrine when he cites, “We cannot rely on our hearts alone.” The peace in our hearts is not of God unless it can be confirmed and authenticated in God’s Word, which is why Paul pairs the former verse with this one:
“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing …” Colossians 3:16a
Our hearts are vulnerable to deception therefore we need the guidance of the Bible for it proclaims His truth and accuracy in regard to the way in which He would have us go. Coupled with that we need the wise counsel of men and women who are steeped and grounded in the Word of God; i.e., mature believers who have consistently demonstrated that their Christian walk is in step with God’s word. We will know them by the fruit they produce and their love for others.
God’s peace will never contradict God’s Word. God’s peace never endangers, but always protects. If Jonah had been in the Word he would not have boarded that ship. If we are in the Word, we won’t either.
The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:5a-7
- Did these Bible verses minister to you?
- Have you ever been led astray by your heart?
- What did you do to correct the error?
- What are you doing to avoid it from recurring?
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