God Gives Peace to a Distressed Mind


My reading plan today had me reading Ephesians 6:10-20, but it was this one verse that made me stop and read it again.  In fact, I was compelled to read over and over again.  

The NIV translation I was using said it this way:
“and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.”

Readiness.  Ready for what?  It sounds like I'm being to told to get my shoes on and be ready to go.  I needed more insight, so I began to do some research, which is when I found this:

“The Gospel is so called, because it makes men to be of peaceable tempers and behavior, and gives peace to distressed minds: it directs the way to eternal peace,
 ---John Gill's Exposition of the Bible


There were lots of other expositions and commentaries that had similar thoughts or even other thoughts.  But today, these words of John Gill rang true to my heart.  It put into words the reality of my life in a way that I had not been able to before.

“gives peace to a distressed mind”

You don’t need to know what has my mind distressed today.  That’s not what matters.

  The truth and power of this scripture is what matters.

There is every reason in this ‘world’ for my husband and me to be distressed about our situation. Friends and family that are aware of our circumstances and recent turn of events wonder why we aren’t showing the outward signs of a distressed response to the circumstances of our life. 

I’ve struggled to give an answer, lamely repeating words that usually just confuse them even  more….”we have the peace of Christ”. 

I think many people hear that and assume it means that we are in denial of the circumstances and choose to look away from reality.  But the words of this commentator said it perfectly. 

I do have a distressed mind.  I’m not blind to the circumstances we are facing.  I’m not ignorant of the consequences of these circumstances if things don’t change.  And I’m not blind to the fact that there does not appear to be any source of significant change on the horizon. 

Yes…my mind thinks of all of these things.  
It is, by every definition of the words ~ a distressed mind. 

But the gospel of Christ gives that mind of mine something I cannot give it myself. 
Peace. 

Like a blanket thrown over a shivering child; the cold does not go away, but the covering of the blanket warms her. 

Yah…it’s like that.  
The covering of Christ is like a calming blanket placed over my distressed mind.  
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The circumstances and situation have not gone away, but the blanket gives me REAL peace. 
Overcoming Peace!  
 
In our world, peace can be such a passive word.  But in God's world, peace is a powerful word; an active word.  The peace of the Gospel of Christ moves us forward when our distressed mind wants to stop us in our tracks.  The enemy wants to use our distressed mind to paralyze us with fear.  

God gives us a peace so powerful, 
it overcomes all fear and paralysis driven by a distressed mind.  
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Therefore, it is so very appropriate that Ephesians 6:15 talks about shoes, not blankets! Life on earth is a journey.  Daily we are called to get up and walk with God.  There are days when the path is smooth, and there are days when it's rough.  There are even days when it is so filled with rocks and pot holes we can barely keep our balance. 

So we put on our shoes.  With shoes we can withstand the rough terrain.  With shoes we can walk more surely when the path is unstable.

Which is why it is vital that daily I come to His table so He can fit me with the Gospel Shoes I need for this day.  
 
And so, with Gospel shoes on my feet, I walk in peace even when my mind is distressed. 

I know it.
I believe it.
I’m living it…one hour at a time. 
I smile about it.
I have joy about it.
I love living in it.


I’d rather walk like this, than with bare feet on my own.   


Prayer:
Lord God, thank You.  I have no elaborate words of praise to shower You with today.  But my word of thanks comes flowing from an overwhelmingly grateful heart.  May You receive this humble offering of praise just as it is presented; simply stated from a pure response to Your overcoming peace.  Yes Lord..OVERCOMING PEACE. Not a peace that causes me to run and hide from the challenges of life, but a peace that empowers me to walk in the strength of Your word and  Your promises.  Thanks for putting my shoes on for me today as I came to sit at Your table.  I confess that I came with bare feet, but I'm stepping out today with feet fitted with readiness.  I love You Lord, and I come before You in the name of my Savior, Jesus Christ.  Amen.  

Our recipe today is for Overcoming Peace
The ingredients are from Ephesians 6:15
The directions are to let God fit your feet with readiness found in the overcoming power of the gospel of peace.  {click to tweet)


{CLICK HERE for a printable version of today's recipe for the soul.  Make notes on it of how God is speaking to you today, and carry it with you to feed your soul as needed.}

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