The Bible has so much to say about peace, the peace that comes from Jesus through the Holy Spirit, the peace that comes in resting on Him, and the peace we receive through salvation. Knowing peace is mentioned so many times in the Bible should indicate to us as believers that God wants us to know it’s there for us. But how do we find peace?
It’s kind of ironic but this morning as I’m writing about peace, I’ve been anything but “at peace” as I wrote the first paragraph (which took half an hour, lol). My husband read some troubling news stories to me this morning, then he was rushing around to get out the door. I had to stop to make more coffee, etc. They were just minor interruptions, but they were enough to interfere with my peace.
My generation is dealing with aging parents, a workforce that doesn’t (necessarily) want us because we’re “old.” We’re looking at retirement as being ten years away but we don’t have much saved up for it. Our adult children are busy with their own lives, as we were at that age. Some of us have houses that are feeling their age and beginning the trend of needing constant repair. Then, there are issues beyond our personal lives that influence and take away from our peace.
Why is peace so elusive?
If Jesus left us with His peace and God gives us peace, why is it so elusive? I believe it’s because, in order to have Their peace, we need Them, the Trinity, all three, to be first and foremost in our lives. All that other “stuff” needs to be in the background. In order to find peace, we need to seek the Trinity. We need to be in the word. We need to be in focused prayer. We need to be still and seek the peace They offer us. We can’t have it on our own, apart from Them. It’s a gift. It’s always available, but we need to seek it. Jesus said, “Seek and you will find…” Matthew 7:7-8 (another one of my favorite, go-to bible passages.)
Bible Verse of the Day
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.Colossians 3:15 ESV
Join me this week in praying with thanksgiving for God’s love and mercy. Pray that Christians all over the world focus on God alone and in so doing find that peace that only comes from a relationship with Jesus. Pray that peace shines through like a beacon in the storm for others to see and desire to have for themselves. Pray to be that light for Christ to the world.