Life can be hectic, can’t it? The old adage, “If it’s not one thing, it’s another!”, all too often seems to apply to my life! I can’t speak for you, but when life is haywire, I can pulled into the chaos and lose my peace.
Colossians 3:15 reads:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. (NIV)
Rule is a very powerful word. It is synonymous with words like dominate, reign, prevail, harness, rein, command, control, decide, determine, and judge. To rule means to exercise ultimate power or authority over. We are all subjects. The questions is not, “Are you ruled?” Rather, it is, “Who or what rules you?”
In the midst of a hectic season of life, I spent some time in prayer repenting for allowing worry, stress, and fear to rule my life. They were dominating my thoughts, controlling my emotions, and determining my responses. The Message version of Colossians 3:15 says, “None of this going off and doing your own thing.” When I subject myself to the ruling of anything or anyone other than God, I am also throwing off His umbrella of protection and blessing – how foolish!
Colossians tells us to “Let the peace of God RULE in our hearts.” How do we do that? First, by reminding ourselves of God absolute power and authority. He is the Lord of lords and the King of kings! (Revelation 17:14). He reigns forever! (Psalm 9:7). His throne endures forever (Hebrews 1:8). His Kingdom will never end (Isaiah 9:7). God is more than able to rule in our hearts! His throne is unmovable by fear, or stress, or worry. He is the ultimate power and authority.
Second, we must submit to His authority. God is the King of kings whether you acknowledge it or not, but His rulership only brings you peace if you submit to it! Colossians 3:15 in the Amplified translation reads this way:
And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].
When we submit to the rule of God, then His rule (His Word) settles with finality all questions that arise in our minds. When we allow His peace to rule, then it is the peace of God that dominates our thoughts, controls our emotions, and determines our responses. And for that, we are thankful – giving praise to God always! Take a second today to submit (or re-submit) your life to God’s rulership and peace.