It’s interesting the phrase “rest in peace” is generally attributed to the dead. But you don’t have to die to rest in peace. As Christians, God’s peace is available to us despite the tumultuous times we’re living in. Jesus told His disciples, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you (John 14:27). As Christians, we can rest in peace because Christ’s sacrificial death changed our status from one of hostility and alienation to peace and fellowship with God. Salvation gives us peace and favor with God.
While Christians aren’t exempt from trouble, we’re not to experience it the same way non-Christians do. We can rest in peace in spite of our circumstances. It’s like riding inside a car through a carwash. While you can see, hear, and feel the effects of the car wash environment, you’re sheltered from the full impact of your surroundings. Your car might sustain damage, but you make it through safely and intact. The same applies to resting in peace. Although you may be experiencing the challenges of a lifetime, trust God to bring you through to victory.
Psalm 29:11 says, “The Lord will bless his people with peace.” God not only gives His people peace, He is the very source of peace. Therefore, we can rest in peace from fear and worry because God is our anchor in stormy seasons. We can rest in peace, even in the midst of a pandemic, racial injustice, political unrest, and personal struggles. Sometimes God will say, “Peace be still” to your storm. But there are times when God says “peace be still” to you. It’s during times such as these that God will give you a peace that defies all understanding.
Isaiah 26:3 says, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” Peace is not only a state of being, it’s an empowerment that enables us to remain standing in the face of adversity. The word “stayed” in Isaiah 26:3 means to lean or rest upon. Have you ever been so tired you couldn’t wait to get off your feet? You sit in a chair and allow it to support you. In the same way, when you put your trust in God, He’s faithful to support and bring you through. Your hope and confidence must be in God alone.
Before His death on the cross, Jesus said, “It is finished.” Everyone has an “it.” God is greater than the “it” you’re facing. And He’s working things out in your favor. Rest in peace knowing that it’s already done.
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson, Rhema Inspirations