Peace. How does it work? How do you stay in it? I grew up in the 1960s with hippies, peace signs, etc. We were all looking for “peace,” but did we really have any idea of what we were really searching for?
The scripture has much to say about peace. We are to seek peace and pursue it — with all men, continually, in every circumstance. Jesus is called the Prince of Peace and we are called to be His followers and to live and act like Him. So, we have to find this peace in order to live in it!
The Amplified Bible expands the definition of peace to include: perfect well being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts. The Greek text further expands peace: the state of quietness, rest, repose, harmony, order and security in the midst of turmoil, strife and temptations. Who would not want to have that kind of peace?
In a world that has gone crazy in so many different ways, how do we find that place of peace in the midst of all that is going on in our personal lives let alone the whole world? There are so many peace stealers — things that keep us from that place of quietness and rest in the midst of the storms of life. Of course, any area that we know to be wrong (sin) will rob our peace. So will anxiety (worry), double-mindedness (vacillating between two opinions), hopelessness and even talking too much (about the wrong things). The list is quite long. There is also a false peace — when we put our trust in temporal things (the bank, our job, even our health).
I don't believe the scripture would tell us to pursue peace if it were not possible to attain it. I personally believe it is only possible to abide in that place of consistent peace through pursuing the Prince of Peace. Knowing His Word can give you the confidence to get through circumstances that seem contrary to His will for our lives. Jesus could sleep through a violent storm while His disciples were fearing for their lives because He knew He not only had authority over the wind and waves, but that His mission in life was not yet completed and that He would not die before His appointed time.
Has God either spoken to you about your future or are there some things that have not yet happened in your life that you really feel are supposed to happen? Are you anxious about the outcome or are you trusting that somehow it will come to pass? Are you fretting and about ready to let go of this dream? If so, I am sure you have moved out of that place of peace that we must abide in, in order for us to fulfill our destiny.
I heard a minister comment recently that he had learned to get himself back into a place of peace within 10 seconds of realizing he was not abiding in that place! I am not there yet, but that is my goal! I am experiencing more peace overall and am very thankful that it has helped me weather some pretty strong storms in the last few years. I even had someone recently observing that I did not seem to get “ruffled” over some things that certainly could have robbed my peace and probably would have a few years ago, so I think I am growing in that place of peace and rest!
“I will lie down and sleep in peace, for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8)
If you have trouble sleeping through the night, it may be a good indicator that you are not abiding in that place of peace.
Colossians 3:15 states: “Let the peace of God rule in your hearts . . .” Let peace be the umpire for every decision that needs to be made in your life! The life filled with true peace will attract others to the Prince of Peace!