Verse of the Day Devotion: Colossians 3:15
“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15
One of the great benefits we have as a Christian is the peace that is received from Him. This world is a difficult place. There is so much turmoil and strife. It seems like everywhere we look we see fighting, arguing and agitation. This is, of course, the work of the enemy, he is constantly looking around for someone to deceive and torment. “Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8.
When we accept the work that Christ did on the cross, namely His death, burial and resurrection, we are justified, declared righteous because He paid the price for our sins. And because of this, we have peace with God. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,” Romans 5:1. We have been reconciled with God, and we now have access to Him. And this relationship we have with Him, having truly given our lives to Him, is the source of this peace. “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” Isaiah 26:3-4. Why are we at peace. Because we steadfastly trust Him. If we keep our minds focused firmly on Him and not ourselves or our situation, and we trust Him no matter what, He will keep us in perfect peace. He will be our protector and our source.
Now, I am not going to say this is always easy. There will be hard times. I think we can all attest to that. This is the way of the world. The enemy is always looking for ways to get our eyes off God’s faithfulness and on our trials. But Jesus said that we must be courageous, keep focused and remember Him. “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation but take courage; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. In the world we will experience trials and tribulation. However, since we are in Christ, He provides us with the peace we need. How can He do this, because He has overcome the world. We can trust this and take courage in it. For Christ is known as the Prince and Lord of peace. Paul prays for God’s people, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!” 2 Thessalonians 3:16.
I will close with this last verse that has encouraged me more times than I can count. I pray that it encourages you greatly as well. “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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7. Be at peace. He is victorious and He will be with us.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.