A few weeks ago, I was preparing to take a brief absence from work to help a family member post surgery, and was finding myself becoming a bit overwhelmed as I tried to finish all the work on my desk before my leave while my workplace was quite busy. The last thing I was feeling was peaceful.
One of my co-workers could see my stress level and abrupt responses were increasing, and gently suggested that I take a short break to catch my breath. So I did, but also spent a moment praying.
The difference in how much work was accomplished and my attitude change after that short break was made by inviting the Holy Spirit into the situation, and asking for His guidance on how to proceed.
Maybe you can relate. There are days when our workplaces or work load flow well, and others where things can become tense with a sudden deadline approaching, supercharged with the underlying disagreement between co-workers, or tense as you deal with a difficult client.
In those moments, we especially need peace.
PEACE according to the Merriam Webster dictionary* is
“a state of tranquility or quiet” such as freedom from civil disturbance, or a state of security or order within a community provided for by law or custom.
freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
harmony in personal relations
These definitions narrow down three key aspects to experiencing PEACE as Christian women: through God’s strengthening; safety; and relationally. As His children, the Word is to be our go to on all topics, so let’s examine what the Bible says about peace.
STRENGTHENED BY THE SPIRIT:
“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
“The Lord gives strength to His people, and the Lord blessed His people with peace.” (Psalm 29:11)
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, PEACE, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23 ESV)
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8)
“I have said these things to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
“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)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:8)
“If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.” (Romans 12:18)
“Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, but those who plan peace have joy.” (Proverbs 12:20)
As we bring every situation to God, whether it's to do with our job location, work performance, or staff dynamics, we can trust that God will lead us to the best way to act, respond and/or speak each time we turn to Him.
Taking This to God in Prayer:
God, I struggle at times with how I can experience peace at work. When war and loss is highlighted by the news, remind me that You provide the peace that passes understanding, and my true home is with You. When I am feeling anxious, stressed, worn out or overtired, reassure me that You are with me, and You exchange my worries and concerns for Your peace when I offer them to you. When I am not in agreement with a coworker, help me recall that with Your help, I can remain calm and peaceful, and reply based upon Your promptings, not my initial reactions. May I always look to You, God, as my source of peace, no matter the situation or season I am currently experiencing. In Jesus' Name, Amen.