The Pursuit of Peace

There’s no denying the fact that we are living in an amazing age. We have seen unprecedented change in our lifetime and I’m sure it’s only the beginning, we have seen technology developments our grandparents could never have even dreamed of. We can share pictures with family, and friends instantly from anywhere in the world. We can manage emails while relaxing in the park, or at the beach while watching our favorite movie.  With all of the great things happening in the world do you ever find yourself wondering; why, when we have all of the technology that is supposed to help us become more effective, more efficient, we have never felt so busy, so frantic, so overwhelmed! Too often, you may find yourself so overcome you just want to shout…Stop the world—Let me off!

So we pull out our trusty to do list, scroll to the end, and just under grocery shopping, we add the magical, ever mysterious, seemingly impossible phrase “find peace.”  Upon checking our trusty electronic calendar we discover there may be time next Tuesday somewhere between getting off work,  picking the kids up from school, stopping for groceries, just before dinner or later after preparing for the next day, just before bed somewhere in there we should be able to locate a little time for “peace”. Just maybe!

Peace has always been a hot commodity it’s something everyone seems to want, yet few have or will ever find. Frequently we see peace defined as “tranquility, harmony, or security.” For some it could also mean “prosperity” or “well-being.” No matter how defined, most agree that peace is often very elusive and if we are ever fortunate enough to catch up with it, the best we can hope to achieve is a temporal state of what we consider bliss, a euphoria that proves to be a momentary break from the hell only known as reality.

Ah, Peace is it a place, a thing, something to do, something not to do. Although we may never agree on exactly what it is, we do know we can never find it waiting for the world to provide it for us. What the world calls peace is but a shallow and unsatisfying substitute. It is often built around stuff—things like money, status, relationships, or possessions. However, things are easily lost, and none of them can truly satisfy. Besides, most of us are not even satisfied with the things we already have…we always want more. That’s why any peace originating in this world is as a house built on sand. It is built on a weak slowly sinking foundation—the promises and strategies of man, “to whom no salvation belongs.” (Psalm 146:3)

Only God can provide peace, and He did just that, giving us the Prince of Peace in Jesus. God’s peace transcends ALL earthly matters, as Philippians 4:4-7 illustrates. Believers are to be “anxious for nothing,” for God promises to “guard your hearts and minds.” It is a peace “which transcends all understanding”; that is, to the worldly mind, such peace is incomprehensible. Its source is the Holy Spirit of God, whom the world neither sees nor knows as it is written in John 14:17 – “Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.”

In fact, God’s Word says to pursue peace, so some of us are doing the right thing in looking for peace. However, it’s important for us to gain a good understanding of what it means to do this God’s way. We find in Philippians 2:13 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Since it is God that works in us we first need to begin looking inward for the peace we crave. First Peter 3:11 tells us to “search for peace and seek it eagerly. In other words, you must be purposeful in seeking to be peaceful. It is impossible for you to bring and apply peace to a situation if there is no peace within you. The unwanted circumstances of life do not control those who have genuine inner peace they are able to refuse outside influences. Peace isn’t about getting away from the world, you won’t find peace by shutting everything and everyone around you out. It is not found chanting while wearing white Lycra. Yoga and meditation teachers will not hand it to you wrapped in a pretty little bow. It is not about finding a sun-drenched rock and sitting there cross-legged all alone. You will not be able to add it to and then cross it off your ever growing to do list.

Genuine peace is the result of obedience to God through an intimate relationship with Jesus the Prince of Peace. He listens to our prayers, speaks to our hearts, calms our fears, gives us direction, and helps us in every situation. That’s why there’s no reason to be anxious for tomorrow; our heavenly Father knows exactly what we need (Matt. 6:25, 32). Our problem is not that He’s unable to give us peace, but that we’re unwilling to trust Him for our peace.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7

God’s Peace!

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