God help us! There are days it looks like crazy is coming from all sides. There are days it is impossible to find peace among the storm. Yet some, when things are going really bad, have a tendency to run for the hills until they figure out, like many before them, that you can’t run away from your problems, from the stresses of this world – no matter where you go, you take them with you.
Peace is not just that happens when all our problems disappear – That’s called “death.” But here’s the good news. You don’t have to wait for the end of your life to find peace, you can actually find it right now, even in the middle of crazy. Peace doesn’t come from outside us – It comes from maintaining our center in the middle of the storm. And how do you do that?
According to some unknown leftist: “Acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, brings you an inner peace and tranquility – instead of anger and resentment.” Actually that isn’t peace that is denial. Others tell us we must live in the present, ignore the past, pretend what is wrong is right, that society isn’t bat ass crazy, that God isn’t relevant, that reality is only what we perceive it to be. Geez – no wonder we’re all nuts.
Making the effort to protect your life’s peace is not a matter of selfishness: it’s looking out for your best interests. We have to accept that there is no way to peace or hope in this world without God so it stands to reason that the only way to attain inner peace is to grab onto God and hang on for dear life. As we read in 1 Peter 5:7 we must cast “all“ of our anxiety on Him because He cares for us.
God wants us to seek Christ for as He said in Isaiah 53:6-12, “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way….” Yet, he gave us His only begotten son, “brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers…. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him;” to make “His soul an offering for sin…” to open the way of salvation to everyone who seeks Him. If that kind of love does not bring peace to your soul, nothing will!
Peace is experienced as we believe what the Bible says about God’s nearness as in Psalm 139:1-12, and about His goodness and power, His mercy and love for His children, and His complete sovereignty over all of life’s circumstances. But we can’t trust someone we don’t know, and it is crucial, therefore, to come to know intimately the Prince of Peace.
Peace is experienced as a result of belief. “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7)
A peaceful mind and heart are experienced as a result of recognizing that an all-wise and loving Father has a purpose in our trials. “We know that all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28).
Those who attempt to find peace in worldly pursuits will find themselves sadly deceived. For Christians, however, peace of mind is available through the intimate knowledge of, and complete trust in, the God who meets “all” of our needs “according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27