In a world full of turmoil and chaos – people look for peace – but in all the wrong places.
Self-help gurus teach chants and mantras and yoga instructors wrongly tell folks to “empty their minds.”
While worldly tactics may bring temporary relief – they’ll never satisfy the void in your soul that only God can fill.
So how does one find peace?
By resting in God – in all circumstances – and clinging to His promises.
Jesus promises to give us His peace – a true peace. One that can’t be manufactured in the world or by the world.
“Peace, I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” – John 14:27
Of course, it’s easy to feel “peaceful” when things are going well.
When our bellies and bank accounts are full and our loved ones are healthy, there isn’t much to be anxious about.
But then a storm hits – and if we aren’t anchored to God – we’ll be blown around like the wind with no direction.
Make it a daily habit now to spend quiet time with God, reading His Word and resting in His presence.
As you begin to internalize His truth, you will discover true peace that will be balm on your soul.
After all – Paul was able to rejoice even while in prison!
It’s often through the fiery trials of life that we can find and maintain our peace with God.
And what a witness to a dying world!
Think about the times when you got hit with a crisis – and were able to keep the peace of God flowing through your veins so you didn’t react in a carnal way.
Whether you realize it or not – the world is watching how Christians respond to trials.
As Desiring God said:
“One key to experiencing real peace, for now, is expecting it to come in and through adversity. After all, inner peace would not be very precious or remarkable if we experienced it only when everything was predictable, comfortable, and safe. God wants our inner peace to disturb the world, leaving others wondering how we could possibly enjoy emotional stability and rest in the midst of what we’re suffering or enduring.
The peace God pours out by his Spirit does give us space and freedom to rest, but it also inspires us to live boldly and courageously for him at the front lines of the fiercest battles and in the most challenging circumstances we face. God quiets our souls — and he sets them on fire.”
So if you’re feeling weary – remember what God has said – that He will never leave or forsake you – that He will uphold you and keep you from the evil one – and that He has given us His peace.
True peace that lasts can’t be achieved through the external gratifications of the world.
Instead, it comes from the ultimate Giver of life, the One who loves you more than anyone else ever could.
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, LORD, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:8
May God bless you, and give you peace.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” – John 3:16-17
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