Ephesians 6:14-15 (NIV) – Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.
“We seek a carefree life. It does not exist. Our conceptions of life and especially of retirement must change. Life’s goal is not on ‘golden pond,’ and Christians are not called to tranquility. We are called to peace, yes, but peace in the midst of struggle. This peace does not render us inactive; it makes us ready to do God’s will.” [Klyne Snodgrass, Ephesians NIVAC, p. 354]
Peace is not about running away. Instead, we are called to be ready to stand firm in the gospel, no matter the circumstances. We find that when we live “ready,” peace meets us in the storms through the Spirit’s presence, guarding our hearts and minds as we worship, pray and seek the Lord. We also find that as God’s peace equips us to overflow with God’s peace to the people around us, especially in our homes and those closest to us.
Prayer: Jesus, we call out to you, for you are our deliverer and perfect peace in the midst of the storm. Ready us to pursue your will in our lives today. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.