“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23
Peace : a state of tranquility or quiet
Peace, seems to be almost non existent in today’s world. Noise is everywhere, stress is everywhere, and the news reminds us all day of the lack of peace in our world today. Is peace even possible in 2015? I believe that it is, I believe that peace is possible in this crazy upside down world. Why? Because Jesus said: “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. If Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever ( Hebrews 13:8) then we still have the peace He gave us. We have no reason to doubt that! Peace does not mean that everything around us is going to be great or that life is not going to be stressful, or that terrible things are not going to happen all over the world, but it means that we can be at peace in the midst of it. He may not calm your storm right now, but He can calm you.
“When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:39
The world offers us comfort through our finances and our possessions. But those things do not last forever nor do they bring peace. Often times our possessions wreck more havoc in our life than peace. Computers freeze, cars break down, houses require constant maintenance, etc. Our promised comfort is interrupted by responsibility and unseen circumstances. This can cause us to shut down and get overwhelmed with our responsibility. But Jesus came that we may have peace in the midst of the storm. This peace does not mean a life of comfort, even Jesus the Prince of Peace did not have a place to call home. The Christian life will not always be a comfortable one, but it can be a peaceful one. It all lies in how much we trust Jesus, and what we value as important. We can choose to worry or we can trust Jesus. We can choose temporary comfort, or we can choose the perfect peace that Jesus offers us. It is a choice we have to make.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 16:3
But how are we going to choose peace? This is a lesson I am still learning, and it is not an easy one for a perfectionist who needs a constant plan. It is one of the hardest things for me to do as a Christian, but it is something I have to learn in order to grow my faith. I have to make a conscious choice about whether I am going to trust God or do it on my own. This is a decision that needs to be made every morning, every morning I have to ask God to help through the day. Through the struggles I have not even faced yet, and through the ones I set aside yesterday. I think that is the first step, just admitting that you can not do it on your own, admitting that you need Jesus just to get you through the next 24 hours. He hears you, and He will help you. No prayer goes unheard and no need goes unmet. We may not always see what He is dong behind the scenes but He is working and He is working on our behalf. Worrying will get you no where, you have to step out the boat into the unknown and walk towards Jesus.
Peace is not natural, our natural reaction is to worry. I think the second choice we have to make is to decide what is really important. So many of the things we worry about are not even that important! we get caught up in silly arguments, worried about how we look, worry about how people think of us, etc…none of these are even important. If we are seeking God, and loving others then really nothing else matters. Even if the entire world is falling apart around us we can choose to be at peace, by simply handing it to Jesus and not worrying about the things that do not even matter. He has the victory, and because of Him we have the victory as well. I love this quote, “Peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God no matter what the conflict”. You might have a storm, but God is greater than that storm. He may calm the storm, or He may calm you. And when He does all you will remember about that storm is what a great God you serve!
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation ; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Peace is Possible,