Who Makes the Final Call

Scripture Reading—Colossians 3:15 
“And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.”

The crowd is on its feet. Millions of people around the world are glued to their TVs. It’s game seven of the World Series. With the score tied and two outs, the runner takes his lead off second base. The pitch is delivered. Crack! It’s a hit into center field. As the center fielder rushes to pick up the bouncing ball, the runner rounds third base and heads for home. The throw comes home. The runner slides into a cloud of dust. The catcher makes the tag. And who does everybody look at?

Anyone who knows anything about baseball knows that at that moment, everybody is looking at the umpire. Why? Because this one man must make the call. His call of “safe” or “out” may determine who will be world champions.

The word rule means to be like an umpire. In other words, we must allow the “peace of God” to make the final call when we’re determining His will. When God has given clear leading through His Word, through godly counsel, and through circumstances, the peace of God is still what must seal the decision. If God’s peace is there, we should do it! If God’s peace isn’t there, we shouldn’t dare!

Often in my life God gave His peace as confirmation of His leading. It was such a blessing to rest assured that I was doing God’s will. Though I may not have understood what God was doing—or even how He would do it—I knew I could trust the Lord’s leading.

Chaos and confusion never accompany God’s leading. God doesn’t play “hard to get” or tease us with His will. When He’s leading, He will make His wishes clear and will give the peaceful assurance that we are doing His will.

 Do This Now: Take turns giving “six words or less” definitions of “peace.”

—Tom Palmer

This devotion is a sample taken from today’s reading in “Our Family Time With God”.

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Evangelist Harold Vaughan is the founder of Christ Life Ministries, Inc. To date, his ministry has led him to preach in forty-eight states and many foreign countries. Click on "ABOUT" in the menu bar to learn more about Harold.
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