If I were to ask you, draw me a picture on what is peace for you? I’m sure most of you will have a picture in your head of a beach, calm waves crashing the shore, birds flying and kids building a sand castle in the side, for others it can be in your living room in from of a fire place nice soothing music playing while you sip your hot chocolate, or maybe for others doing yoga, massage, or as simple as having no war or death because of unresolved issues.
From this season of Christmas, we all experience back to back parties and get together’s. Not just this season, but in life in general, from a stressful day at work or school, heavy traffic, unfigured life plans, marital issues, unresolved and conflicting situations, we all strive to find peace, peace in mind, heart and within ourselves. Which leaves us begging with the question of “Where can I find peace?”
This weekend, I had a pleasure of listening to pastor Christian preach about peace. The true definition and what the Bible had to say about peace. While listening to the Pastor preach, I was reminded of my recent past of who I was before Christ in my life. Of how I spent money like a leaking faucet just to fill the part of my life where peace lacked. I went to countless beach trips, out of town trips, spent time with friends and did things which the world defines peace. Which was nothing wrong, apparently, for some strange reason that particular bucket remained empty despite those countless efforts.
We all know our heart, by default, has a vault where only God has the key, A space where only God can fill. And this space – yes! is where the peace of God lies. Believe me after all this years of trying to fill this space, I failed. Mainly because I failed to understand that unique design of how God created us to be.
This empty space was now getting filled every time I heard Gods word, seeked him and followed His will for me. The moment God came in to picture of my blurry life now started to make sense, the purpose became more clear and my life became more beautiful everyday. This started to reflect in my character, my beauty and my relationships with everyone.
A story is told of a painting contest. The artists were asked to render their perspective on subject of peace. There was one who painted calm waters of a brook. Another painted a man under a tree resting. But one submitted his artwork that didn’t seem to make sense at first. It was a picture of raging waters coming from the top of a mountain. The weather gloomy and it looked like the wind was strong.
But when you zoom into one part of the painting, you will see a bird with her young lings in a cleft of a rock, nestling. In the midst of the raging waters, gloomy weather and strong winds, they peacefully rest.
The Bible says that Jesus is our Prince of Peace and He is with us every moment.
So what does it mean to have the Peace of God? There are three points to consider:
1. Peace with God.
We have peace with God through Jesus. We were at war with Him. The Bible says that, “For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son.” (Romans 5:10)
Jesus came so that our relationship with God could be restored.
2. Peace of God.
The result of peace with God is the peace of God. Life is now lived before an audience of One. The Apostle Paul says that he lives to please only One – only his Savior Jesus.
We are told in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
3. Peace with others.
Because we have peace with God which brings about the peace of God, it is now possible to be at peace with others. If we have been forgiven of our gravest of offense, we are now empowered by His grace to forgive others.
Romans 12:18 tells us to “do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.”
My Prayer for all of you reading this, just like God had turned my life for the best, I pray same for you. May you have the peace of God to know Him better, to restore relationships and most importantly to set you free.
Remember that Peace is not the absence of storms but the assurance of God’s presence in the midst of it.
Have a good week everyone 🙂