I have found that if you can take one word, or one verse, and settle your mind on it, the peace of God will keep you amidst troubling situations.
I have a verse in mind that will help you stay in control over chaos.
Col 3:15 says, “Let the peace of God rule in your heart.”
What that is really saying is…
let (authorize, empower, allow) the peace (restfulness and quietness) of God rule(command) your heart( feelings, emotions, and affections)
It’s really on us to instruct our hearts to be still. When something arises that is contrary to peace, we have to rule our own emotions. A verse in proverbs says, “he who rules his own heart is greater than one who conquers an entire city.” God has never made an announcement to me that He was in the room. Sometimes I forget that He is there, but nevertheless, He is always with us. In my mind, He’s saying something like, “hey, are you gonna let me rule, or do you want to waste your time with the pity party?” You can waste your time with fear, you can waste it being mad things did’t go the way you hoped, or you can stand guard over your heart and tell it to be still. You can also believe God wants to use the hard things in your life to show you His strength within you. He didn’t call us Victorious so we could make our lives about dodging bullets, He calls Victorious so that we face things head on and win our peace over it.
IF you “let” it, the noise, tumult, and busyness of our days will try its job to hide peace, But God promised us that those who seek Him will find Him.(Matthew7:8)
Sitting alone in my own quiet space I felt the heaviness of my personal load. In the midst of my thoughts I remembered, “Cast your cares upon the Lord for He cares for you.” When you cast something, you are pitching it forcefully in a specific direction.
Ironically, as I am typing this, we are at my parents lake house. There’s a lot of fishing going on here! I am sitting back watching the view of my boys casting their lines in hopes of catching a big fish. Before a good minute passes they are reeling the line back in to cast in another direction, when all that they need to do is wait.
Isn’t that what we do when our faith is small? We don’t always trust the first time we throw it to God, so we reel it back in and start casting it in other directions. We call our girlfriends, our doctors, our pastors, and spouses. They can’t fix it. The weight becomes heavier because we tell ourselves “nobody can help me and I have too much to bear!” Then God, in the voice Norah Jones, says “come away with me“. God says, “I will give you rest. I will quiet your fears. Cast those cares again in my direction, and I will provide the care you need, the protection you need, and the answers you need.”
God is waiting on your cast. He wants to help you like you desperately want to help your own children, but so much more! Just as you can see from a better perspective for them, He can absolutely see so much higher than we can. God is our personal caregiver. When someone gets to the point of needing a caregiver, they realize that they can no longer handle the full responsibility of caring for themselves When He cares for us, He gives us superior safekeeping, guardianship, protection, attention, discretion, forethought, and more! Do you need accuracy and precision dealing with the guidance of a child or loved one? Cast that care on Him and stop worrying! And once you make the cast, let the peace of God rule!