God’s peace is a lighthouse to guide you in the right direction as it confirms what you believe the Lord has spoken to you.
I learned this principle many, many years ago. It is found in the story of the three lighthouses. Three lighthouses were built in a formation to warn ships of the monstrous rocks below the surface of the water as they sailed into a particular harbour. To avoid getting snagged on the huge rocks, the captain had to be sure that the three lighthouses were perfectly aligned as he guided his ship into the harbour. If the captain could see two or three lighthouses at the same time, he knew he was in the danger zone.
In order to avoid shipwreck in our lives, we need to be sure that three different “lighthouses” are aligned before we begin to move in a new direction or make a decision on what we think the Lord is saying. The three lighthouses are the Word of God (the Bible), peace, and circumstances. We covered the Word of God in our last blog. Let’s look at His peace today and then tomorrow at how He speaks through circumstances.
Lighthouse #1 – The Bible – to confirm His word to us we must always compare it to what He has already spoken in His written Word. So, God says to Joshua, “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful” (Joshua 1:8).
Lighthouse #2 – The peace of God is also a great way to confirm you are hearing from God. So we add this second lighthouse – the sense of inward peace of heart and mind.
Jesus spoke of the kind of peace He offers when He said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27).
When you really believe and trust, having confidence in God, you will not have worry or fear in your heart. Peace is the result of trusting completely. Inner peace is hard to define, but the Bible says it surpasses human comprehension (Philippians 4:7). As you learn to hear the voice of God, a distinct calmness fills your heart.
Inner peace comes from an unwavering trust in Jesus. When our trust is in Jesus, who is our only source of peace, He dispels the fears that grip us in an uncertain world and in the midst of our own faults and failures. It is only through faith in Jesus and in the work that He has already done on the cross that we can know peace.
The Bible says, “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
Another version states it this way: “The peace that God gives helps us in the decisions we make”
The word “rule” literally means “to be an umpire.” In other words, the peace of God in our hearts is an umpire to alert us as to whether or not we should make a certain decision.
A lack of peace may be the Holy Spirit warning us that we should not go ahead in a particular direction in our lives. We should not make decisions if our hearts are unsettled. The peace of God in our hearts will lead us to making the right decisions in daily life.
I speak at a church in a city or town somewhere in the world almost every weekend (before Covid). How do I know which invitation to take and which ones to decline? I often depend on the peace of God. When I am asked to speak and do not have the peace of God in my spirit, I decline. I have learned over the years it always pays to obey the peace that God places in my heart.
The key here is to remember: “…the peace of God, which transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7)
Remember, when the deceiver speaks to us, he cannot give true peace. When we try to solve things with our own reasoning, we cannot get true peace in our spirits. You don’t have to explain to other people why you don’t have peace about a certain thing; sometimes you won’t even know why yourself.
Even when you believe God has spoken, you should wait until peace fills your heart to do what you believe He has instructed you. In this way, you are assured that your timing is right. Peace is a confirmation that you are hearing from the Lord.
We should never act without peace; it is a vital ingredient to hearing God’s voice. Peace is an “internal confirmation” that the action being taken is approved of by God. Obeying the peace of God in our hearts allows us to carry on with a sense of His acceptance and favour in our lives.
Along with the previous “lighthouses” of God’s Word and God’s peace, a third spiritual lighthouse that needs to line up is the lighthouse of circumstances (open doors) that the Lord places before us.
But that is for next time…