Looking For A Little Peace?

…Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 1:7 NRSV

MP900422425[1] People have some strange ideas about  peace. Some believe that once a terrorist leader is dead, peace is close by. Others believe peace is what we experience when there is an absence of conflict. Defeating terrorism and ending conflicts may make the world a safer place, but I’m not sure that’s the kind of peace Jesus left for us.

I sometimes think of peace as the time when there are no demands on me. In those moments, I finally feel like I have a little peace. But in reality, doing nothing often seems more empty than peaceful.

So if world peace isn’t really peace, and personal downtime doesn’t bring peace, then where can we go for the peace we most want and need?

Fortunately, peace doesn’t come from having everything just right. External conditions don’t really determine whether we have God’s peace or not.MP900402574[1] Peace comes from an internal position, a position of submission to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In that position we are welcomed into God’s presence, and given the peace that passes all understanding!

As we spend time in the presence of the Lord, we come to know the peace that transcends life’s most difficult times. Then, no matter what disaster strikes the world, no matter what conflict breaks out, no matter how deep our hurt or intense our suffering, we will have peace.

The apostle Paul knew that peace. He learned to be content no matter what condition he was in. Whether things were going right or wrong, he lived in the presence of God and knew peace. That’s why he told his fellow believers, “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7 NRSV).

That’s the kind of peace I want and I wish for you too!

Remember, peace is found in the presence of God.

No peace? Know God!

  1. May 18th, 2011

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