For the last few years my church has been doing this thing called My one word It is a revolution where instead of making a long list of promises you don’t intend to keep and calling them resolutions, they encourage people to pick just one work and let it guide you though the year in your walk with God. Since this was the first year that I was there when the pastor spoke about it this is the first time that I am choosing a word. The word is supposed to challenge you in your walk and draw you closer to God.
At first I thought that I would choose trust. The reason for that is because the last year I truly had to put my Trust in Christ that he would provide for us in all the troubling times. Trust that he had a plan for us in the confusion of it all. I soon realized that I did trust him because of those times.
So I was left with what word to choose. As I prayerfully ask God what word should guide me, he gave me a word. Peace. I chose this word for several reasons. The first was because I knew it had to come from God, no peace I create can sustain me.
The Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
The Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
Numbers 6: 25-26
I gain peace when I turn to him, and my peace is his peace. I love the image of turning to God and seeking peace from him. The more I gaze upon him the more peace I shall have.
To have peace means to not struggle with the war within me. The war that has been dividing my thoughts. The struggle that rages within me for trusting God but also for wanting answers. Peace that whatever comes, I can do God’s work.
I looked up the definition of peace, and along with quite from war there were two definitions that truly resonated with my “goal” for the year
- Freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
- Harmony in personal relations
Speaking of personal relations, take a look at this passage in Job.
“Submit to God and be at peace with him;
in this way prosperity will come to you.
Accept instruction from his mouth
and lay up his words in your heart.
Surely then you will find delight in the Almighty
and will lift up your face to God.
You will pray to him, and he will hear you,
and you will fulfill your vows.
One of the great things about choosing a word is now I get to see it at work in scripture. I have chosen a verse to meditate on in the year to come, something that will help me in my walk. A promise I can rest on in the difficult times.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
My peace can only be found by trusting in God. There are so many wonderful promises of Peace in scripture. I can rest in the Prince of Peace this year.