God blesses. He’s the author of all that’s good and lovely. The enemy, on the other hand, opposes all the wonderfulness that God has in store for His people.
Have you ever noticed that God will bring you to a place of sanctuary in your life; a place to make things right, restore, and grant rest for the weary world traveler? Then, the enemy swoops in quickly to try to undo the blessedness of God.
FYI, that’s his job. He comes to “steal, kill, and destroy,” (John 10:10). The moment God brings you to a place of rejuvenation, a place where you feel you access grace and peace – the enemy deploys hatred, confusion, and anything it takes to disassemble what God has put together for us.
It’s not a strange thing, even if it hurts, to feel under attack when being blessed by God. These interruptions of peace are designed to throw you off your spiritual game; yet in Him, we are assured that we are “more than conquerors,” (Romans 8:37). We have the overcoming ability to rise above troubles and to claim the peace God so freely gives.
The Bible declares, “The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blessed His people with peace,” (Psalm 29:1). Peace is a divine blessing. It’s something that is the right of every child of God to have. Although our outward situations may not favor that sentiment, it’s the inward man that is to stand up in faith, believing every word of God to be true, that fights and upholds the right for that God-given peace.
“He promises peace to his people,” (Psalm 85:8) and that’s something we shouldn’t easily let go of. We sing the songs that tell what God has for me, it is for me, but we have to do more than sing it – we have to claim it, own it, and diligently fight day-by-day to possess it as our own.
How do we do that? We are told, “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee,” (Isaiah 26:3). The place where the interruption of peace is hardest fought is in the mind. When hurts and confusions begin to penetrate that tranquil soil of promise it sprouts weeds of dysfunction, distrust, and terror that were not meant to be there.
But, when one’s focus shifts from what is right before the eyes to beyond the surface and refuses to let go of that promise of peace, those seeds of faith will germinate by His heavenly grace and become fully mature fruit in your life.
It’s all about what you decide to let to be dominant in your life. Your focus can either be your weapon or your enemy. It can either help you to look past what is currently before you or it can be your stumbling block that doesn’t let you get over this hill.
Here’s the thing. You get to decide for yourself which one it will be. Faith is not passive – it’s very much active. You are the one that has to fight for it. You are the one that has to refuse to give up on God’s promise for you.
Interruptions of peace will come, but how far it gains access is up to you.