Searching for Peace

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life”. Psalm 143:8

God help us!  There are days it looks like crazy is coming from all sides and it’s impossible to find peace among the storm.

There are those who have a tendency to run for the hills when things are going bad until they, like many before them, figure out that you can’t run from your problems, from the stresses of this world. No matter where you go, you take them with you.

Peace is not something that happens when all our problems disappear – that is called death. Why wait for the end of your life to find peace when you can find it now, even in the middle of crazy? Peace doesn’t come from outside; it comes from maintaining our center in the middle of the storm.  

The left would have us to believe that acceptance of others, their looks, their behaviors, their beliefs, etc. will bring 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 there is no defined right or wrong, 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.  Protecting your life’s peace is not a matter of selfishness –  it’s looking out for your own best interests.

We need 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. 

“Be anxious for nothing, we are told in Philippians 4: 6-7, “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.”  

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

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