We all want peace, don’t we?
What exactly is peace?
From a worldly standpoint peace means absence of war or conflict. However, spiritual peace, right standing with God, brings a peace not dependant on earthly circumstances. Have you found yourself in a chaotic situation, yet you were calm and undisturbed? It was not because you didn’t care about what was happening but on the contrary you were passionate about it and yet this peace exuded from you. If you haven’t experienced that kind of peace yet, don’t worry your turn is coming. I remember having a very “blessed” feeling amidst the baby crying, dog barking, phone ringing while trying to have a conversation over dinner one time. It was such a wonderful moment it still moves me to worship God every time I think about it. That’s the serenity of the peace we’re talking about today.
Where do we find it?
Jesus said “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). After explaining to His disciples the Holy Spirit would come to bring to remembrance everything He taught them, Jesus said “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). Peace and the Holy Spirit are inseparable.
How do we get it?
Unity with the Holy Spirit and obedience to God’s Word is a good place to start. Listening to the Spirit’s prompting and quickly following through with whatever direction He gives will definitely be rewarded. Paul taught our thoughts play a huge role in whether we obtain God’s peace or not in Philippians 4:8-9: “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Did you see the connection? Meditate on these things and do them. There it is – obedience to God brings God’s peace. However, we also need to be careful to obey for the right reasons. We obey out of love for Christ. He is the vine, we are the branches. In Him we bear much fruit but apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).
How’s your peace today? If it’s running low, check back in with the Holy Spirit, ask God to help you back on the path, read God’s Word and then be quick to obey.
Lord Jesus, we are so amazed by your wonderful peace. Thank you for all you do in us. May your Spirit continue to lead us on the path of righteousness as we seek you in obedience to your Word. In Jesus name Amen.
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