In the third chapter of Colossians, Paul asks the readers of his letter to “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts . . .” Rule (brabeuo) is an athletic term that means, “to be an umpire; to decide, determine, direct, or control.” The peace of Christ is an umpire for my heart. I love that. I need that.

My flesh, in its weakness, chooses worry, strife, and fear as constant companions when, in contrast, Christ offers peace and freedom in the knowledge of His sovereign control. I can rest in His decisions because He sees the big picture. Like an umpire, His perspective is clearer than mine. He understands every thing about me. He created me. He also knows what will best glorify His name through my life.

When Jonah was traveling by boat in the opposite direction of where God had instructed him to go, he did so with “peace.” He was asleep in the storm! How often do I create a counterfeit peace for the sake of my own desires? Submitting to the Father by seeking His will brings true and lasting peace. I’ve learned some steps to take to make sure my peace comes from Him and not from my own selfish heart.

1) Analyze the situation from every angle
2) Weigh my desires against the Word
3) Seek godly counsel
4) Pray, pray, pray
5) Move forward with open hands

“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You”
(Isaiah 26:3).

The waves of life will crash against my boat. But with my mind stayed on the Captain, I can rest securely in His peace. Umpire me, Lord!

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