Updated: Jul 9, 2019
Main Truth:“Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on Him to guide you, and He will lead you in every decision you make.” Proverbs 3:5 TPT
When it was time to decide where to attend college for my middle child, the answer seemed so clear… a state college in a small town just 2 short hours away. It was perfect. You see, it was my alma mater. I have always looked back on those college years with nostalgia and joy because that time was full of great friends and memories. In college, I was able to participate in a thriving student ministry and learned so much about my faith while I pursued my degree and passion. I couldn’t wait for my son to have those same fond memories. However, from the very beginning things just didn’t seem right and it left me unsettled.
After his first semester everything inside of me wanted him to come home and transfer to our local state college. Trust me, I really didn’t selfishly want him home. I love my kids but after having 3 kids in 3 and a half years I was enjoying less laundry, dishes and chaos. I really liked my new freedom. But we had barely given it a chance... so second semester rolled on like the first. I will never forget the phone call we received on the day we were driving up to bring him home for the summer. He called at 9AM and said, “Are you here yet?” We hadn’t even left and were two hours away. My son who never darkened the day before noon was dying to “get out of there.” “Hurry” was all I remember. That summer I could see my son come back to life as he settled in at home, fell back into a safe routine surrounded by his family who loved him. Perhaps it was just the dorms? So, we soldiered on and he moved into an apartment with 3 other guys and year two rolled out like year one. Again, I felt the absence of peace...something wasn’t right.
That is just one example of many in my life where I just didn’t have peace. There was no rhyme or reason, just the absence of peace. The opposite is also true for me as I’m sure it is for you. I can think of several examples of times where I knew I needed to move forward on a decision even though logic railed against it. You see, what I didn’t know for many years in my Christian walk is that Peace is my guide.
Colossians 3:15 says “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts.” The word RULE in Greek is the word Brabeuo meaning to decide, determine, direct, control or umpire. There are countless decisions we make every day about our jobs, marriage, parenting, purchases, etc. and the bible is silent on these issues. However, our Savior, the Prince of Peace, has not left us without a compass to guide us. He has left us with His peace. John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you, I do not give as the world gives., Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” When we have a decision to make, Peace is there to make the determination just like an umpire would. If I had been listening to the absence of peace in my heart, I would have known that my son was in the wrong place.
Peace is our birthright as Christians and yet so many of us live in stress.
I love the scripture in Isaiah 9:7 that says, “of the increase (greatness) of his government and peace there will be no end.” We worship a God who rules by Peace. When He returns, He will rule from Jerusalem which literally means, “the city of peace.”
The areas of my life where I don’t have peace, He doesn’t have rule. It really is that simple for me. When my husband and I tithe regularly, I have peace in my finances even if the balance is low and big bills are on the horizon. You name it, there is a correlation. Peace comes when we submit to His governing laws in our lives. Peace is also the compass by which we make decisions.
God will never use anxiety to guide us. If we make a decision based on peace, I truly believe we will never make a wrong decision. When everything looks right and there is still a profound lack of peace…the answer is no. We cannot rely on our own understanding; we need to rely on the peace that surpasses understanding. Peace is profound. When the devil takes our peace, he has knocked out a critical navigational instrument in our lives.
Its official, our son is coming home and transferring to our local college. And as hard as it is to say goodbye to his friends and let everyone know, guess what? We all have an unexplainable peace about it. I only regret that we waited so long to submit to His peace. What decisions are you needing to make in your life right now? Where do you lack peace? Surrender, my Sister to the Prince of Peace and discover why His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Post written by: Janice Seal
Janice grew up in the Bay Area in a broken family. She met Christ in the 3rd grade at a neighborhood gathering for kids called a 5 Day Club. The woman who led the club took her to church where she was baptized and received her first bible. In later years, she encountered the ministry of Young Life where she deepened her faith and felt the call to love others with the love of Christ as she had been loved. She now serves at Powerhouse Ministries and claims it is the highlight of her week. Janice is married to her husband of 24 years and they have three children all now in college.