People search for peace in many ways. Some think peace is found at the end of a bottle or the high experienced by a drug. Many think peace is found by escaping reality, traveling, or getting away from its all. Other look for peace by taking a walk, listening to music, getting in nature, or meditating.
But according the the Bible, peace is a gift from God. Jesus said in John 14:27 – “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.”
Think about this: God is not confused, worried, anxious, afraid, or stressed. There is no panic in heaven.
The peace God possesses…he offers to us as a gift.
Isaiah 26:3-4 reveals three secrets to living everyday with the peace of God. "You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock.”
Notice three important keys in these verses:
First, A mind that is stayed on God. This is what we might call a "mindset" -- a total way of looking at things. Another way of putting it would be the "focus of our attention" or "what we have on our minds most of the time."
Second, A Heart that is filled with Trust.
This is pretty straightforward for us – put your trust in God. We are good at talking about this, but I’m not sure how good we are at actually doing it. So often we experience worry and anxiety because we have placed our confidence in things we know can fail us, and things which we know are not completely reliable, things which have failed us in the past and may fail us again.
We place our faith in the hands of an organization, like the company we work for, or a government agency, or a hospital, or even a church. We place our faith in things like retirement plans and mutual funds. We trust our academic degrees, or our experience, or our intelligence to supply our needs.
We depend on friends and family to support us. And to some extent, that’s necessary and beneficial. We have to place a certain amount of trust in people, and organizations, and institutions. But here’s the key: our ultimate reliance has to be in God and not men.
Our attitude must be that even if everyone and everything else fails us, God will not fail us.
Third, Dependence on God as our rock, or foundation. As we put our trust in God, we lean completely on him. He is our rock. He is unmoveable. We have to reaffirm our believe that God is a foundation that can withstand anything life throws our way.
Today’s Challenge: Ask God to fill your heart and mind with his peace. Determine to keep your mind on the Lord throughout the day. Trust God with your family, your health, and you life. Notice the difference in how you feel spiritually and emotionally.
- Do you have a story to tell about God giving you peace during a difficult time?
- Why does it seem so few people live with God's peace?
- How can we pursue the peace of God?
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