“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.” – Matthew 11:28-30.
Society makes it difficult for us to have peace in life as we live in a hectic and complex world. Everything and everyone is moving so fast. Many times we wonder, is finding peace in the midst of all this even possible? Jesus promised that each one of us can experience true peace. John 14: 27 says “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.” There is an often repeated quote: “But there is the quote that No God, no peace. Know God, know peace.” St. Augustine once said, “Our souls are restless until they find rest in God.”
Without knowing God’s peace in this frenetic, what’s next world, we will continue struggling to gain control, always finding ourselves fighting stress and anxiety within. Yet focusing on God can bring us peace, no matter what swirls around us on any given day. He’s the answer to our place of refuge. He is our safe room for peace. We can never fully escape all the mess this world may bring our way. But in the midst of what life deals us, we can remain steadfast, strong.
Often, living a peace-filled life comes down to a choice. Choosing to rely on Him, choosing to trust Him no matter what, choosing to pray in all that we face, choosing not to be anxious, choosing to believe that He’s always with us and in control, and choosing to set our thoughts on the peace that only He can give.
God reminds us in His word that peace will not naturally just come our way. Psalm 34:14 says, “Turn away from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.” There are no shortages of ideas on how to obtain peace. There are numerous books on the subject. They includes suggestions such as – get away for a few days, relax, be happy, take a vacation, tune out, just don’t think about stressful stuff, and search for your inner place of peace. But these are all superficial, external fixes, that are at best temporary.
The peace of God is different. It’s lasting. Confident. Real. It gives us a deep reassurance in the midst of all that we face in our past, present, and future. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
No matter what we go through in this life, or what we’re up against today, we don’t have to be shaken. We’re safe with Him. At rest. At peace. He sent His only Son, pure essence of Peace Himself, to give us lasting freedom and peace that only He can give.
- Is there an area of your life where you find yourself constantly fearful of what might come or what won’t come?
- How can we be nearsighted, especially when it comes to finding peace?
- How can you speak peace into the lives of those around you?
- What are practical ways we can trust God for peace in our lives?