Daily Devotional 10-17-19

Rudder of Peace
By Rev. Emmanuel Afful

“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

My senior high school was located on a hill that overlooked the Takoradi Harbor. Sitting in class, we could see all the incoming huge cargo ships on the blue ocean—the Gulf of Guinea. As much as these ships are huge and heavy their maneuverability is controlled by a rudder. This device is comparatively small but mighty in function. 

Paul’s exhortation highlights the function and significance of the peace of God. Central to this is the word, rule. In the original language, it means to umpire, decide, direct, determine, or control. Wow, did you get that?! This is an invitation to allow the peace of God to direct and determine your choices and decisions in life. For the Christian, the peace of God is a gift that serves as a green light. It is a signpost that directs you to a place of rest and prosperity. Never undertake a venture when you do not feel the peace of God about it. The absence of that peace is a sure sign that you cannot go ahead in that direction. It will not end well. 

On September 2, 2012, I said goodbye to my mum and left home for the U.S. without having any connection here. It was a journey filled with uncertainties. But, the thought that gave me peace to pursue this adventure was the call of God. After years of wrestling and making some good money I finally said “yes.” And, the peace that accompanied my yes gave me confidence. 

God’s peace is the tranquil state of the soul, bringing the assurance of the presence and blessings of Christ. It is not the absence of challenges, storms, and battles. Rather, it is the sense of calmness and serenity deep down in the soul, even in the face of adversity and trials. I followed that peace, and it led me to the center of God’s call for my life. This peace is also one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The presence of the Holy Spirit is the presence of God’s peace. 

I tell you what! That peace of God surpasses all understanding. It is so rich, so liberating. Have you any need for a rudder to guide and maneuver your life? Have you any desire for rest and freedom from anxieties and perplexities. There is something called Shalom. It will make you sleep like a baby in the arms of our loving God.

PRAYER: Holy Spirit, breathe your peace on me; baptize me anew with your shalom, that I may live fully in your liberating grace.