“What I feared has come upon me;
what I dreaded has happened to me.
I have no peace, no quietness;
I have no rest, but only turmoil.” – Job 3:25-26
Peace. Stillness. Rest.
What is it about peace that the more you strive for it, the farther it seems to get away? Our culture abounds in anxiety, but few have mastered the art of an unwavering soul. A calm, steadfast confidence in the Lord is so vital to our existence as Christians, so we may live the kind of life that brings glory to God.
But it is a hard thing that many fail to find, because we search for the thing itself, and not the One who invented it. We search for peace when our hearts are in turmoil, hoping for a confidence and fulfillment that lasts longer than a happy birthday.
I am not the one to tell you exactly how to find this deep inner peace. I can give you terms like “give your cares to God” and “rest in Him,” but when it comes down to it, I myself don’t entirely understand it. I’m struggling to fill myself with this peace that passes all understanding so every thing I say and do is out of that assurance in Christ, rather than my fears.
Despite my struggles, I can assure you this: today I found it. God’s peace isn’t some far-off mystical idea just out of our reach. As Christians, it’s an every day reality when we’re filled with our thoughts on our dear Savior and Lord. When we fix our eyes on the One who died for our sins and rose to life, we are able ask Him for forgiveness each time we fail, and ask Him for an unshakeable peace each time we step out into the unknown.
“May he strengthen your hearts so that you will be blameless and holy in the presence of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus comes with all his holy ones.” – Ephesians 3:16
It’s one of the hardest things for me to abandon myself and simply honor God through exhibiting His love and truth before people. It takes a whole lot of effort to grab my mind and shake it up and then let everything go, except for Him. But when I do, peace abounds. Grace abounds. Love abounds. Anxiety is strangled by the neck and thrown outside in the cold.
When peace overwhelms all else, my life is centered on only one Being, who lights my path and brings a smile to my face. He tramples my insecurities beneath His feet. He eases the trembling inside me, until I can no longer say it is I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” – Galatians 2:20
Some Scripture that is helpful to me when I start worrying:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:6-7
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” – 1 Peter 5:7
May you truly live in God’s peace today!