Colossians 3:15 – “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts…..”
There is a credit card commercial that begins with a lady saying, “I’m nervous about things I can’t control……” I suspect all of us resonate with that. We are nervous or anxious about things that we can’t control. Today is January 1, 2018 and as the days roll by in this new year we will encounter many things that we cannot control. I don’t know what 2018 will hold but I know it will give us many opportunities to worry and be anxious. There will be many opportunities to be nervous, or there will be plenty of opportunities to let the peace of God rule in our hearts.
Paul tells the church at Colosse as they are facing unknown days, “to let the peace of God RULE in their hearts.” The word choice is significant, he is not saying let it be in your hearts, let it occasionally show up, but let it rule. The word in the Greek is used to describe a referee in a sporting contest, someone who is responsible for not letting things get out of hand. Our minds and our worries can sometimes get out of hand. They become like a snowball rolling downhill, they pick up momentum and they grow and grow very quickly. It may start as just a little spark of worry, but it very quickly becomes a raging wildfire of fear. Paul says don’t let it happen, instead let the peace of God rule in your hearts. Let God’s peace control your mind. Don’t let things get out of control, but instead have peace. Let the peace of God rule.
Let it rule over worry, and over fear. Let it rule over nervousness and anxiety. Let the peace of God rule in your hearts. Paul means more than just that however, let the peace of God rule over all sinful thoughts and desires. These things lead us to chaos and disorder. So let the peace of God rule over your sinful desires. Let the peace of God rule over disagreements, quarrels, and secret grudges. Let the peace of God rule over the corruption of the world. Let the peace of God rule over unforgiveness.
The corruption of the world is hard to restrain. The desires of our flesh is hard to restrain. Our grudges and unforgiveness are hard to restrain. In fact those things can quickly spiral out of control as well. We cannot handle them, God however can. His peace is powerful enough to restrain those things. His peace can control us so we must cry out to Him in prayer, knowing that when we pray He hears us. Charles Spurgeon puts it this way, “It is not possible that God should refuse to hear prayer; it is possible for Him to bid the sun stand still and the moon to stay her monthly march. It is possible for Him to bid the waves freeze in the sea – possible for Him to quench the light of the stars in eternal darkness. But it is not possible for Him to refuse to hear prayer that is based on His promise and offered in faith.” So let us pray for the peace of God to RULE in our hearts and in our lives, for God will hear us when we do.
2018 will present us many opportunities for worry, for fear, for selfishness, for sin, and for corruption. It also gives us the opportunity everyday to trust God and to let His peace RULE in our hearts as we live for His glory.