Where can I get some peace?

Have you found yourself saying that phrase, ‘Where can I get some peace around here?’ or, ‘God I just need some peace, please!’ Or perhaps you have been trying to go to sleep and that concern keeps going over and over in your mind, and you just want it to stop so you can get some peace and have a good night’s sleep.

Peace. We want it. We need it.

I’m still on my sojourn through the Old Testament, now in Numbers, and I read this scripture this morning …

And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying,

‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” ‘

“So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:22-27 NKJV

Reading it reminded me of a beautiful song by Matt Redman, Benediction, that starts with lyrics relating to this passage of scripture …

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord smile on you,
Shine His light upon you.
May the Lord lift you,
Turn His face towards you.
Give you His peace,
Give you His peace.

Perhaps this is a song to play if you find yourself tossing and turning unable to sleep. I remember hearing this song at lifegroup. The Holy Spirit would minister to me every time it was played. With open hands and an open heart it was as if the Lord poured His peace in everytime it was played.

Or maybe it was more that it reminded me that I already had His peace in me, as Jesus tells us …

I leave the gift of peace with you—my peace. Not the kind of fragile peace given by the world, but my perfect peace. Don’t yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts—instead, be courageous! John 14:27 TPT

As I’ve said before I’m not a Bible scholar, but I do know this, there is a peace that Jesus gives that really does surpass all understanding.

Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life,  then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. Philippians 4:6-7 TPT

Let’s have another look at the first part of verse 6 ….

The Passion Translation … Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing

New King James Version … Be anxious for nothing

New Living Translation … Don’t worry about anything

The Message … Don’t fret or worry

The Amplified Bible … Do not fret or have anxiety about anything

Maybe your response to this command, is ‘Yes, but you don’t understand …..’

But God’s response is still ….

Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing
Be anxious for nothingDon’t worry about anything
Don’t fret or worryDo not fret or have anxiety about anything

And whatsmore God doesn’t just tell us what NOT to do, He tells us what to do …

The Passion Translation … Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude.

New King James Version … but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.

New Living Translation … instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.

The Message … Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.

The Amplified Bible … but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

Yes, God tells us to pray, but we need to pray with faith, not double-mindedness. And always give thanks for all He has done.

And what happens when we do that? Philippians 4:7 tells us we will experience God’s peace, as our focus shifts from our circumstance to Jesus and Who He is.

then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ. The Passion Translation

New King James Version … and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

New Living Translation … Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

The Message … Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life

The Amplified Bible … And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [b]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [c]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

I’ve had many opportunities in my life to fret and worry, and I have fretted and worried. But Philippians 4:6-7, one of the first scriptures I learnt when I became a Christian, has always been a ‘go-to’ scripture in those circumstances. Sometimes I haven’t gone there immediately, but eventually I do get that place of petitioning God in prayer, thanking Him for what He has done, then experiencing His wonderful peace. And I am able to face the next day.

You may be thinking, “I have prayed about this before and nothing has changed.” Well, I really encourage you to pray again. There is an enemy who wants you to stop praying, as Jentezen Franklin says ..

“The devil knows your greatest weapon against his kingdom is your voice, your prayer life. Prayer will usher you into the presence, power, and purpose of God.” (The Spirit of the Python, page151)

So today, if you are wanting peace, take some time, perhaps play that beautiful song, Benediction, offer up a heartfelt prayer to God, your Heavenly Father, remember to thank Him for what He has done, keep your eyes on Jesus and be expectant that you will experience His peace.

Wendy Robinson

I have a background of working in the corporate sphere, however the past 8 years of living with a child with cancer have impacted me greatly, and have led to me to regularly write and speaking about this horrendously challenging journey. Many of the things I've learnt can be applied to any challenge we face in life, not just cancer. In 2018 I published a book about some of our journey of living with a child with cancer - Childhood Cancer - A survival guide for parents - written by a parent. It includes the practical strategies, tips and checklists we used to during this period to help our family survive this season. More information about my book is available on https://childhoodcancerparentsguide.com If you are planning an event and are looking for a speaker on any of the following topics, please contact me at wendy@wendyrobinson.com.au Living with a child with cancer – strategies for making it through Siblings – helping them thrive when they have a sibling with special needs Marriage – keeping your marriage going during the crisis and then when you are an on-going primary carer Caring for the carer – coping with depression and strategies for good mental health Rehabilitation – strategies for helping a young child requiring physical rehabilitation Writing as therapy – steps for writing your story Building resilience - Adversity is a good teacher – for us and our children Spirituality – where is God when the tough times come Corporate / Business Background For the past 16 years I have worked at Newsletter House in a management capacity, including helping navigate the business through the economic challenges of being a small business hit by the GFC. Prior to August 2003 the majority of my experience was in project-related roles in the banking sector. Particularly project planning, process improvement and project office roles.


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