We await our plane to Tokyo on our way to Myanmar.
The announcer says it’ll be two hours late. This is a problem. We only have an hour layover in Tokyo to catch our flight to Bangkok. This isn’t going to work.
I discuss our issue with the lady at the desk. She has already placed us on another flight to Bangkok. Problem is, we arrive into Bangkok ten hours later than our original ticket. We’ll miss our flight to Myanmar. This flight is on another airline. If we miss it, it’s not the other airline’s responsibility to help us out.
Worry sets in. I’m the team leader. There are five people looking to me, and another three we’re supposed to meet in Bangkok. Whatever will I do?
I send an email to our prayer team. It will take an act of God for our flights to work out. As I hit Send, an email comes in. It’s from a book publisher. For the last year, my agent has sent out proposals for a book on prayer to 24 Christian publishers. Until now, we’ve received 23 rejections or no responses.
But my agent and I feel really good about this one. My three phone calls with the publishing team went very well and they were excited about the book. All that’s left is a final decision, and here it is. I open the email, needing good news. From all indications, it will be yes. But it isn’t, this is rejection 24.
I sink into my seat. An impossible circumstance. A discouraging situation. I feel weighed down by these burdens. Then I sense a still, small voice getting my attention. The Spirit of God says, “Press into the Prince of Peace.” I realize I also have a decision to make. Will I press into Jesus or let my situation consume me?
So I press into Jesus and have a lovely time with Him on the plane.
John 14.7 says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I don’t give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Colossians 3.15 says, “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.”
For Christians, peace is our inheritance. For an inheritance to be given, someone has to die. Who died to give us peace? Jesus did.
For Christians, peace is also our command. Jesus, who died to give us peace, tells us to let peace rule in our hearts, since it’s our inheritance.
The problem is, many Christians don’t live in peace. We let our circumstances or spiritual warfare or relationships consume us. We bind ourselves to our afflictions. We burden ourselves with our troubles.
But let me tell you what peace is. Peace is freedom from chaos. It’s not the absence of chaos. Jesus said in this world we would face trouble. But instead, peace is freedom from chaos. It’s standing above it, separate from it. Hell may be happening around us, but we are free from it.
Sometimes we put more faith in our troubles than in the person of Jesus. It’s when chaos occurs that the object of our faith is exposed – Do we believe in Jesus as a person or just as a concept? Is Jesus the Prince of Peace or does chaos rule our hearts?
I’m so glad I pressed into Jesus on the plane. When we landed in Tokyo, we learned they had held the plane for us, and had upgraded our seats. Imagine if I had sulked and worried the whole way. What good would that have done? But instead, I experienced the Prince of Peace, who is my inheritance and command.
Make him yours.