The I AM says I am peaceful!
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” Isaiah 26:3
Have you ever heard the catchphrase, “Calgon, take me away!”? It comes from a television commercial launched in the 1970s for a bubble bath product. This ad features a woman wearing a fluffy pink robe dealing with several chaotic scenarios. As the tension rises, she lifts her hands in the air and says, “Calgon, take me away!" The next scene shows her in a bath full of bubbles relaxing. I must admit, that this commercial resonates with me deeply. Anyone that knows me will attest that there is nothing I love more at the end of a stressful day than a long, hot bubble bath.
Yesterday we explored joy; today, we are taking a look at peace. These two concepts really go hand in hand. It is indeed hard to find either when we consider all the stresses that come from the frenzied lives we lead. Is it any wonder that more than 65% of American women are on anxiety medication? From the moment our feet hit the floor we are being pulled in every direction. We have home and family responsibilities, work duties, and community obligations that often leave us without a moment to even catch our breath. The anxiety that comes from the chaos and the stress and worry that come from this demanding life can sometimes seem too much. It can cause us to throw our hands in the air and long for our own “Calgon moment.”
In the book of Daniel, we see a character that remains peaceful in a stressful situation. King Darius sends out a decree forbidding anyone to pray to anyone but him for 30 days. Did that cause Daniel anxiety? No! He calmly went home and continued his prayer life, praying daily to his Heavenly Father and focusing on his God. And, as the story goes, he was thrown in to the lion’s den for breaking the law. The king finds him the day after his punishment, sitting as cool as a cucumber, proclaiming how great his God is for shutting the mouths of the lions and keeping him safe. If only we could find this peace in our own personal “lion’s den”!
The truth is ladies, that we can! Like joy, true peace is found in Christ. If we’ve got Jesus…we’ve got peace! In John 14:27 Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” By accepting the gift of salvation, we are filled with the Holy Spirit; and thus, peace abides in us. Focusing on our God and literally surrendering our situations and our circumstances to His will, we will experience His peace. We can, like Daniel, remain peaceful in the pandemonium.
Psalm 29:11 promises, “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.” So today, when you are feeling the weight of this world around you and you sense a panic attack coming on, close your eyes, take in a deep breath, and surrender the situation to your Heavenly Father. Then whisper the words, “I am peaceful…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Psalm 29:11; Psalm 119:165; Philippians. 4:6; Colossians 1:19-20; Colossians 3:15-16; Ephesians 2:17-19; 2 Thessalonians 3:16
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen