“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.” (Romans 5:1)
Have you ever felt overwhelmed? I know I have. I fight these feelings often. The dictionary defines “overwhelm” as “to submerge or engulf.” This is a scary, yet accurate portrait! I feel submerged and engulfed in all that I have to do, and cannot crawl out from under its weight. As I began to think about how I allow myself to become overwhelmed, I wondered how I could turn towards God, and give him all my “stuff.” How would my life be different if I could live overwhelmed by God’s peace?
In Philippians 4, Paul writes words many of us have read and even memorized. Verses 6 and 7 say, “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Usually when I read this verse, I’m focused on the worry part and totally miss God’s promise for peace. Paul actually outlines a formula that we can follow for peace; it could be written like this:
Don’t worry + prayer and thanksgiving = PEACE.
Wow, how easy that seems on paper! Why is it so difficult to apply to my life? Satan knows that I tend to get overwhelmed by the things of this earth, so he uses that to rob me of the peace the Lord has already promised me. I get so submerged and engulfed in the business of my life, that I forget He has told me, “Stacy, don’t worry about any of that, just give it to me in prayer. Then thank ME, no matter what, and I will give you peace.”
If I’m going to live my life being overwhelmed, I want to be overwhelmed/submerged/engulfed in the peace that comes only from my Lord Jesus Christ. Jehovah Shalom, one of God’s many names that describe His infinite character, means “the Lord our Peace.”
Shalom means “that kind of peace that results from being a whole person in right relationship to God and to one's fellow man.” That is what I want to overwhelm my life.
Prayer: Jehovah-Shalom, please forgive me of all the times that I become overwhelmed in the things of this earth. Convict me and lead me to the place where I am submerged and engulfed in your peace.
Suggested Reading: Judges 6