Peace – Found in the Presence of God!
We live in a world filled with wars, environmental disasters, mass shootings, health issues, and drug additions. These may lead to anxiety, fear, and doubt, and rob us of peace.
But much closer to home you might find your peace disturbed by things less global. Personal financial stress, broken relationships, and family feuds are universally common. Families can be more like war zones than havens of peace.
We all face events outside of our control. It seems that as each year passes the future becomes more uncertain. Often, it’s our struggle with the unknown that invades our spiritual life and gives birth to fear and worry and a lack of peace.
Anxiety disorders are on the rise (as are the drug commercials claiming to have the cure) causing many to wrestle with trusting and not being in control. However, not everyone who battles with fear and worry have a “disorder.” Some of our struggles simply come from living in the world. The world offers many remedies, but real peace does not come from favorable life circumstances, an end to tension, absence of war ,or a peacefulness in our families. True peace is not like anything the world calls “peace.” True peace comes only from God.
Where Do We Find Peace?
Isaiah prophesied of the Prince of Peace, who God revealed was Jesus, who said we would have peace in Him. Before His crucifixion He told His disciples, “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
Before becoming a believer, we were at war with God. We may have been sincere, religious, or even moral, but we were still enemies. God made peace with His enemies through Jesus’ death.
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. (Romans 5:10)
“For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Jesus, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross.” (Colossians 1:19-20).
Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, (Romans 5:1)
What is this peace?
You may be surprised by the answer. It is an inner sense of contentment and quietness, regardless of circumstances. It is an unshakeable confidence in the faithful and unchanging God. It is the presence of joy in the midst of misery (John 14:27).
Those who have the peace that comes from God, can endure the hardships and difficulties of life. They will have an inner peace that can’t be explained (Philippians 4:7). How is that possible? Because their peace is not based on their circumstances or the pleasures of life, but is rooted in the understanding that the never-changing God lives inside of them!
Having God’s perfect peace doesn’t mean that you won’t feel the effects of the difficult circumstances of life. It means His peace is sufficient for anything you face!
Paul demonstrated that peace even in jail at Philippi, where he sang and remained confident that God was being gracious to him. Then when the opportunity arose, he communicated God’s goodness to the Philippian jailer, who came to salvation.
Believers Expect God’s Peace
When you believe the gospel, you are adopted into the family of God and are a member of God’s Kingdom with Jesus Christ as your King. The fruit of that relationship become a part of your Spiritual DNA at salvation (Romans 14:17). And that fruit includes righteousness, peace, and joy (Galatians 5:22-23). Therefore, you should expect to experience God’s peace and joy in your daily life!
God will teach, guide, and comfort you in your spiritual journey. However, you have a responsibility to apply all that you are learning to your daily life. As you walk in obedience to the truth you will experience God’s peace. And although it is God who is at work in you, who began this good work in you, and who will complete it, you have a role to play in obedience.
If you are not walking in peace there may be several explanations as to why. Perhaps you are:
- not walking according to God’s Word (in general)
- allowing circumstances to determine your peace rather than the Word
- failing to surrender to God in times of testing
- are under spiritual attack
What Do I Do if I Don’t Have Peace?
The peace of God is an indicator of God’s guidance or presence (Colossians 3:15). Lack of peace is a warning signal. Then you must
- Pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you what is keeping your from experiencing peace.
- Read your Bible.
- Repair the relationship. Walk in righteousness and trust God (Isaiah 26:3). Bring your beliefs, thoughts, and actions back into line with God’s Word and live accordingly.
The prophet Isaiah wrote: “For you will go out with joy and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands” (Isaiah 55:12).
Peace and joy are yours by your relationship with Jesus Christ. However, their presence in your life is directly related to your trust in God (Romans 8:6-8).
Do you want peace? Then put Jesus in the center of your life, surrender to His will, serve others and trust Him. The peace of God will enable you to remain calm in the most fearful of circumstances. It will enable you to sing when life is hard, to rejoice in pain and trial, boldly face persecution and suffering and look death in the face with confidence!