Paul exhorts his readers in Colossians 3:15 ‘Let the peace of Christ rule your hearts.’ Another way which God leads us is by given us his peace. Often in life we have times when we seem to lose our peace with God and often this can be because we are not surrendering to his will.
Charles Spurgeon when talking to his students on the calling to ministry said: “it begins with an intense, all-absorbing desire for the work.” But warned those who sought his counsel not to preach if they could help it.” But Spurgeon continued, “if he cannot help it, and he must preach or die, then he is the man.” Basically Spurgeon tells his students, if you can be baker, then bake. If you can be a fireman, then be a fireman, but when you can’t find peace in any of these you know God has called you to preach.
Now Spurgeon is not encouraging his students to run from God’s calling for they life. This isn’t a Jonah thing; Spurgeon is instead encouraging his students to test their calling. He knows a lift in ministry is going to be hard and he wants them to know with absolute certainty that is God’s will for them.
There are of course times when we lose our peace from other reasons. An undisciplined life style, not enough sleep, headaches and other physical problems. When we talk about God’s peace being a factor of guidance, we are not talking of temporary and human factors, we mean long-term and continuous lack of peace where God seems to be disturbing our nest and pushing us in the direction to fly.
Take Spurgeons advice and don’t rush into the calling without first testing this sense of loss of peace. Don’t just give up your studies or job to move away on missions. Don’t just act of feelings or even a self-made peace which comes from self justification.
The peace of Christ in Colossians 3:15 is linked to the following verse: ‘Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly’. The word ‘dwell’ gives the idea of God’s word making it’s home in us. So we see again the importance of letting God’s word fill us and permeate our thinking and attitudes so that God can then guide us by his peace.