Did you know that as believers, each one of us has an internal umpire? You might be wondering why we need an internal umpire, but think about what an umpire does. 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 an internal umpire, 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, "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 and give us finality in every decision. 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, if we listen to the Umpire, we can find the 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, eagerly pursue peace. Let it settle the questions of 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. Let peace be your final authority because when you walk in His perfect peace, you walk in His perfect will. Listen to your Internal Umpire and stay on the course of blessing God has for your life.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace… (Isaiah 55:12, NIV)