Sometimes I wonder if there’s really any hope for me. I so easily fall into procrastination, ruts, and even putting up with things that do me harm. Like social media, with which I’ve had a long battle. (And I suspect I’m probably not alone in this.) But a long break from it, helped me see things more clearly.
But perhaps I should clarify my social media fast. I signed in and read through news feeds. Reading, evaluating, and looking for some compelling reasons to keep using it. But didn’t find many.
And then I read about Israel’s King Asa. Who became king only three generations after Solomon. And in that brief span, the Israelites had fallen into gross disobedience.
But Asa did right, ushering in God’s peace once again.
Abijah slept with his fathers, and they buried him in the city of David. And Asa his son reigned in his place. In his days the land had rest for ten years, (2 Chronicles 14:1).
And from that peace, I learned some valuable lessons.
I’d always thought of peace as a passive thing. Like a euphoric state of blessedness. Angels and doves, with the Christ child in the manger. But Asa’s life teaches us that peace is anything but passive.
With Israel free from war, he could have easily sat back on his throne and relaxed. Enjoying a life of ease in his fine palace with many servants. But he didn’t.
Kingdom peace comes as we walk with God, not sit about playing a harp.
Asa stayed busy doing right, and making changes. He smashed all the idols, taking away their altars. He called on the people to do right and obey God. And then he started building fortified cities (2 Chronicles 14:6), to keep the land safe.
Many things can steal our peace. Like social media (Facebook in particular) was doing for me. But through Asa’s peace I learned to ask two questions:
- Is it tearing down and destroying my peace?
- Or is it building up my life and my walk with God?
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid, (John 14:27).
Christ’s talk of peace here follows telling them to obey. “You have peace because you know me,” he said. “And you will continue having it by loving me. And if you love me, you will obey me.”
Kingdom peace isn’t the same as this world’s peace.
It’s a gift from God that we can’t drum up or strive for. But we can, through negligence or carelessness choke it out. For me, social media was doing this.
But even so, God’s peace is not a euphoric state of inactivity.
It needs nurturing and protection. Even from little, seemingly unimportant things, like social media.
And if you’re wondering the end results of my evaluations, I’ve kept many of my accounts. With most of our family and many friends overseas, they become almost necessary. But I’ll be using them in ways that are wiser for me. Let’s say I’m just tearing them down a bit to rebuild them better!
What things do you find rob your peace? Could it be time for some proactive action?