You would think that all these years after accepting Jesus as my Savior I would have the peace of God within me and I could keep my emotions in check, especially my temper. Guess what? I have found that I am still just a human and old bad habits don’t go away that easy. I can say that I can just try harder, but that would not get me there. The only way to get there is going the way of God.
We try to do our best, but our best falls short of the glory of God. Here’s a great example of how short my best falls. Remember Charlie Brown trying to kick football for a field goal? Each time he would go to kick the ball, Lucy would pull the ball away and Charlie would fall on his butt, the ball didn’t even get kicked. Sometimes I feel that’s what Satan does to me, my best sometimes is like that ball. I go to kick and the ball (my best) gets pulled away and I fall on my butt.
The difference is this; God picks me up, brushes me off and tells me that I don’t need to worry about doing my best, because He gave me His best, Jesus Christ. Along with that best, I get a peace from God that surpasses my understanding. So, when the evil one uses a person to pull the ball from me, and I lose my temper and fall into his trap, I come back to God, ask for his forgiveness and receive the peace that is overwhelming.
My good intentions got twisted, I fell into the evil one’s trap, and I have turned it over to my Lord and Savior to handle. I pray for the ones that were used by the evil one that pulled that proverbial ball out from under me, and I pray for their salvation and for the peace of my God to come upon them. So, my next attempt at kicking a long field goal will be much easier. I will pray first, ask God to work through me to make it happen. I need to be meek, in other words I need to let’s God’s controlled power work through me. That’s how 60 yard field goals are made.
Here’s what Jesus said about that kind of peace:
do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.(Philippians 4:6-7,English Standard Version (ESV))