Let Peace Be Your Umpire
October 21, 2016
Did you know that as believers, each one of us has an internal umpire? An umpire lets you know what the rules or boundaries are. An umpire arbitrates matters that may seem unclear. They "call the shots" so to speak. God has given us the Holy Spirit to give us boundaries to show us God's will for our lives and settle any matters in our hearts that may seem unclear.
Colossians 3:15 in the Amplified says, "And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state]…"
God has given us His peace as a special gift to rule in our hearts. Like an umpire, His peace lets us know when we're safe and when we're out of bounds. Peace is right for all occasions. When we have peace in our hearts, we are able to discern the perfect will of God for our lives. On the other hand, in the absence of peace, there is turmoil and confusion. Anytime we feel unsettled about something, if we'll go back and make a few minor adjustments, we can find that place of peace again.
The Bible says to seek peace and pursue it eagerly. In other words, it should be our highest priority in any circumstance. Remember when Jesus was on the boat in the midst of the storm? The disciples were fearful and upset, but Jesus was in perfect peace, asleep in the back. When they woke Him up, He simply walked out on deck and said, "Peace, be still." He spoke to the winds and the waves, and they obeyed Him. Because He was in peace, He was able to operate from a place of confidence and authority to speak to the storms that surrounded Him.
Today and every day, pursue peace. Let it settle the questions in your mind. Remember, if you don't have peace going into a situation, you won't have peace on the other side of it. Whether it's in a relationship, a financial situation, or an opportunity before you, never move forward without the peace of God!
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace… (Isaiah 55:12, NIV)