Have you ever considered peace and regarded it as being a state of mind or state of being that is delicate and oh-so fleeting?
Everyday people spend countless dollars to: squeeze into auditoriums to hear what gurus have to say about peace; buy a product that will instruct them on the steps they need to take to attain peace; escape reality by booking vacation getaways in search of peace; buy alcohol and drugs, like marijuana in pursuit of inner peace. The world offers innumerable paths to peace, but they are not lasting and many cost us more energy than what’s in our wallets and bank accounts. Some of the options offered to us rob us of the very peace we are seeking because they introduce sin and temptations and can become idols in our lives. The only peace that exists that is lasting andis righteous, is the peace that comes from God and is readily available to us through our Lord Jesus Christ!
See Philippians 4:6-7:
“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.”
This passage comforts and encourages us to not allow our thoughts to cause us to worry. If we will pray concerning all things and be grateful, God’s peace will guard our hearts and minds in Christ. In this passage, the Lord reveals the gates–the entrance and exit–of our peace! Our hearts and minds! Without our hearts (emotions, desires, motives, etc.) and our minds (thoughts, reasoning, imagination etc.) being protected by Him, we have no peace. Another revelation I receive is that because our thoughts and emotions are all within the realm of our understanding and we are able to rationalize them– Praise God!!!!!–our God blesses us with peace that surpasses our understanding so we can at least enjoy His blessing of peace in peace! Imagine if we were capable of understanding it! We might even overthink and stress about none other than our peace! Let’s consider more verses that teach us about peace.
“For God is not a God of disorder but of peace.” (1Cor 14:33)
“May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” (2 Thes 3:16)
“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.” (Jhn 14.27)
“I will listen to what God the LORD will say; he promises peace to his people, his saints– but let them not return to folly.” (Ps 85:8)
“Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” (Ps 119:165)
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is 9:6)
“You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you.” (Is 26:3)
LORD, you establish peace for us;” (Is 26:12)
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” (Is 54:10)
“Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.” (Ezek 37:26)
Jesus is the Prince of Peace (Is 9:6), and God promises in His Word that when we trust Him and seek Him instead of seeking our own solutions, we will have His peace! I pray that this article motivates you to seek more verses on your own, and I pray you have peace that cannot be shaken or removed in your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! Amen. Keep seeking and petitioning the Lord in prayer in all things and you will have something priceless, yet incomparably valuable–peace! Thanks for reading and God bless 🙂
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30)