Do you want comfort or peace? I had this very interesting question brought to me the other night during a small group discussion. And it got me thinking…while these words sound similar they are actually very different. One is temporary, it is based on circumstances and emotions while the other is a state of mind.
Many people today live a life of comfort. Nice house, nice car, good job, ideal family, etc. Most people live comfortable lives, yet despite all the comfort they have very little peace. They suffer from stress, anxiety, fear, debt, and a lack of contentment. They have a lot of things that they want but very little of what they actually need.
Jesus himself lived a life of very little comfort and yet He was the Prince of Peace. Luke 9:58 says: “But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” Jesus didn’t even have a place to lay his head a night, no place to call home and yet he brought enough peace to share with the world! And not the temporary peace that we get from our circumstances and the environment around us, but an eternal peace that resonates in our heart.
“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
That’s the kind of peace I want, an eternal peace one that isn’t determined by my temporary circumstances. How do we get God’s peace? Well, like all spiritual things it’s a choice we have to make. John 14:27 listed above says ” Do not LET your hearts be troubled”. It’s a choice, we choose to get worked up about things that have no eternal value. You have to decide today that even if life gets uncomfortable we are still going to have the peace of God. God always knows best and He will never bring you where He wants you and abandon you.
I know that trusting what you can’t see can be very difficult, it’s a daily struggle of mine. There is nothing I fear more than uncertainty. But knowing that even in the discomfort of uncertainty I can still be at peace, is a pretty amazing. Even if I lost everything that I had I could rest in peace knowing that God still loves me and has the absolute best for me.
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
ALL things, not some things. Not just the good things or just the bad things but ALL things. Draw closer to God and He will take care of you, no circumstance is a waste of time with God. Even when it feels hopeless God can turn your situations into good. The more focus you put on God the more peace you will experience. Talk to Him, study His word, and thank Him! How often is our lack of comfort nothing more than a lack contentment? Take a step back and evaluate the goodness He has already bestowed on you. Just that alone can change your point of view. Worry will never bring you comfort, only trusting in the goodness of your Savior can do that!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me — put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (NIV) Philippians 4:6-9
We live in an uncomfortable world, but we ourselves do not have to be uncomfortable. All of this here is temporary and we can have peace in knowing that our home is in heaven. So trust that God has a plan, build a relationship with Him, remind yourself that these circumstances are temporary and when in doubt PRAY! He loves you, He really does! And He has nothing but good for His children. Choose Peace today…despite how you feel….choose peace!
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.” Proverbs 3:5-6