I believe most of us have felt this peace and many do not recognize it. It is easier to recognize the unrest, that check in our spirit, the thing in the stomach, etc. Peace does not mean there is no conflict in the situation, it means there is no inner conflict. When I was asked to go to Korea for three weeks I felt without a doubt that I was to go and I knew God had work for me to do there. The trip was completely paid for and things happened that looked like the trip would be called off but I knew God had a plan and that He would bring it to pass. It was a wonderful trip. I ended up being a guest in the home of a wonderful family who had their friends take us sightseeing and entertain us while he and his wife were busy at schoo. God is so wonderful. I met many wonderful people and children and felt such love for them. My host said that I brought peace to him and his wife. (Journal 20, pg. 45) He told me he knew I prayed all the time and that my God answers my prayers. What a wonderful feeling to know that God had let them see miracles and feel His peace in their home.
Another time where I felt this total peace and even a drawing or need to do something was when the announcement of a trip to Israel was received. Even though I had gone to Israel previously, I knew I had to go and God had a purpose for my going. The feeling was so strong that I was willing to cancel my health insurance, sell some antiques, and do whatever was necessary. I took the step of faith and sent in the $500.00 for the down payment on the trip. A few days later I was amazed at receiving almost $2,300.00. This happened in a period of two days and there were 7 sources of money which unexpectedly poured in. As I was praising and thanking God He spoke to me saying: "This is my gift to you my child. I want you in Jerusalem now. It is your time. I will supply all your needs in my riches and glory as I have told you. Do not fear. You are doing fine." (Journal 31 pg. 294) O the glory of God!!! He is the All Sufficient God.
How can one not have peace when you know God is in control. People expressed concern about my going and for my safety, however, there was no fear present just total peace and anticipation. It is when we are not in harmony with God that we do not have peace. When this happens we need to go to prayer, sometimes we need to ask and other times just to be still and listen. When we do and we hear from God and we know we are doing His will we will have peace. There will be an uneasiness or check in our spirit when we are not to do something. If we have conflict within ourselves God tells us how to resolve it. "Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee: because He trusteth in Thee." (Is. 26:13) Just keep our mind on God and trust Him and we will have that perfect peace in our lives because we trust God in all things. Maybe it will take a little time to build up that trust. When we let this peace of God rule in our hearts our lives can be directed by God through the recognition of His peace. If there is inner peace we can proceed. If our inner peace is gone there is a problem and we need to look to God.
Quoted from the book: Hearing God Speak
Author: Margaret Jensen