Peace as a Fruit of the Spirit
It seems like everything is out to steal your peace.
There are little fires popping up, tasks to be completed, people needing to be cared for, and the distinct feeling you’ve forgotten something vitally important. While we’re trying to accomplish all of this, our culture is busy feeding us lies: you must do it all; you’re failing; you’re not enough.
With this as the soundtrack to our day, it’s not surprising peace feels unattainable.
We know that, as a fruit of the Spirit, peace is important. It’s directly connected to our relationship with God–and is a visible indicator to the world of how much (or little) we trust our Savior. It’s no wonder that the enemy tries to attack it so fiercely!
But with all we’re juggling each day, how can we develop the fruit of peace when it is easily squashed?
It is well with my soul
In 1873, Horatio Spafford, wrestling with the loss of his son to scarlet fever and the destruction of his business in the Great Chicago Fire, sent his wife and four daughters by boat ahead of him to England while he tied up loose ends. Sadly, their ship collided with another ship and sank. Only his wife was rescued.
Horatio hurried to England to be with his wife, and as he passed over the waters where his daughters drowned, he quietly penned the words “It is Well.” You may know the first stanza:
When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll,
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
While we may not face Horiato’s situation, the truth in his words is important. Even in pain, the secret to peace is this: God’s peace is not situational. As Isaiah promises in Isaiah 26:3 (ESV), “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You because he trusts in You.”