The Pastor’s Quill

By Pastor Tim Hodge
May 28, 2017

I’m so glad to be a Christian. This walk of faith is a great adventure into the unknown. Sometimes there is smooth sailing, sometimes the water is a little choppy, and at times there are full blown spiritual hurricanes in life. Regardless, Jesus is the Master of every season. The problem is we sometimes forget that.

Many of us can readily quote from Psalms 23 saying, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want,” and further down, “Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for YOU are with me….” Those words can easily roll off the tongue when everything is okay, but what about when we find ourselves in need or we are walking through a dark patch of the valleys that life’s course leads us through?

Recently, I had a patch of about three days where I sensed the Holy Spirit repeatedly speaking to me, “Let the peace of God reign in your heart.”

I’m going to share a moment of transparency. I’m always hell-fought at every turn, but the last couple of months have been hell-fire scenarios one after another. If you look at my exterior and how I conduct myself in public you’d never know. Some people may even think ministers have some type of untouchable hedge around them that is maintained by garrisons of Heaven’s angels. Well, we are protected but that doesn’t mean the kingdom of darkness is idle concerning us. There is a big bullseye on my back and there have been some spiritual nuclear warheads launched recently.

I would love to share my testimony here and say that I’ve handled every situation perfectly. I wish I could say I haven’t snapped at people. I wish I could say I haven’t grumbled and complained. But, alas, I can’t share that testimony. I’ve been weak, frustrated, and very human. BUT GOD, in His infinite mercy and grace has kept me from falling (and from falling apart). Physical issues, financial crunches, and emotional issues (whew, I’ve had to remind myself of some John Bevere’s teachings on THE BAIT OF SATAN: How To Handle Offense…).

Then those few days when God was reminding me about His peace governing my heart came into play. On Monday I had to call a “TIME OUT” in life. I had to REST and I had to get into the WORD and dig out what the Holy One was saying to me. As I dug into the scriptures, I found this verse: “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful” (Colossians 3:15 NKJV).

Look very slowly and closely at these words: “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts….” The Apostle Paul used a very special word as he originally penned this in the Greek language under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. The word he used for “RULE” literally is defined as “to rule, to control” and the root of it is similar to what an umpire is to a baseball game (he keeps the rules enforced and maintains the order of the game).

Too often we can become overwhelmed by the tedious distractions and disappointments of life. Let’s be real, it’s hard to focus on God when all we see are thirty-foot waves about to crash down on us. Yet, when fear brings its biggest wave and hurricane-force winds there is this undeniable PEACE that God has deposited in our hearts that maintains Heaven’s order of faith, hope, tranquility, and expectation.

I’m so glad to be a Christian. I’m glad God has removed my sins from me as far as the east is from the west. Going to hell is not in the equation of my life. Yet, even greater than that is the simple truth that HE gives me PEACE right HERE and right NOW. That peace controls me. That peace maintains the order He promises me in life. Even though my circumstances may be very non-peaceful, my heart is RULED BY THE PEACE OF GOD!