A state of tranquility or quiet; a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity; harmony in personal relations, especially with God; a state of security or order within a community; freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions.
Of all the above definitions “harmony in personal relations, especially with God” trumps all other forms of peace. Although we desire them all, when we are at peace with our Creator, our perspective changes. Although all the pieces of our lives may not fit the puzzle, it is still o.k. when we have God’s peace! The people I look up to in life do not live lives of ease, rather they are those who have had great troubles, and have come to a place of peace in the midst of their trials of life. My dear friends with cancer, a mentor whose faith burned brightly with a sharp and articulate mind, even as she faced death, my friend whose heart ached by unfair mistreatment from another, the couple whose adult child is currently in the grips of chemical addiction, the one who spoke of God’s faithfulness even when her world fell apart by choices she had made. When she regained her faith she was able to point to this verse:
I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.
Take heart, be encouraged – there is a bigger picture that what we now see. Perspective changes everything.
We experience God’s peace when we are able to give over the things in our lives that do not make sense, the things that trouble us, the circumstances for which we have no control. These trials of life are not allowed so that we lose hope. Rather in giving these over to God we grow in trust and faith in Him and His ability to make good out of what is now seemingly bad.
Not a few Christians live in a state of unbroken anxiety, and others fret and fume terribly. To be perfectly at peace amid the hurly-burly of daily life is a secret worth knowing…People know you live in the realm of anxious care by the lines on your face, the tones of our voice, the minor key of your life, and the lack of joy in your spirit…Come, my soul, return unto thy rest, and lean thy head upon the bosom of the Lord Jesus.” -Mrs. Charles E. Cowman, Streams in the Desert
The Serenity prayer points out that there are things under our control, and things that are not. It is in the things that are not, that we can place into the hands of God in growing trust. His peace is worth it all, and provides amazing strength for the next page of our life’s story.
- Rock Solid Identity (mercy4brokenhearts.com)