Where’s your peace?
When I want to study a word. I always start with the definition. It allows you to dive deeper in understanding. Today we’re going to be talking about where we find peace. So lets look at the definition of peace first.
Peace: freedom from disturbance; tranquility. (www.dictionary.com)
Peace (In the Bible): The Hebrew word for peace, šālôm, translated in the Septuagint most often by the Greek word, eirēnē, has a wide semantic range including the notions of totality or completeness, success, fulfillment, wholeness, harmony, security and well being. (www.encyclopedia.com)
Peace is something that we all want and seek, but how and where do we find our peace. This is a question that I began to ask myself after watching a message by Pastor Carl Lentz. His message was titled Peace In Your Pocket (go check it out on YouTube under Elevation Church). He explained how we need to always remember that peace is never far away we just have to remember what we have access to.
After listening to this message I was fired up. This one sentence he spoke stuck out… “ Peace is not a feeling, not a place, peace is a person.” I have to admit, I’ve been searching for lasting peace for the last couple of years. What I mean by lasting peace is a peace that doesn't go away. My peace was dependent on different variables. As my relationship with Christ gets stronger and stronger I realize that peace can be a constant when you know where to find it.
To get straight to the point I’ve learned that our peace needs to come ONLY from Christ. Like always when I write…what I’m writing is what I’m living and working through myself. In the past I’ve looked to people, things, and circumstances to find my peace. You know what I’ve come to understand? Those people, things, and circumstances only gave me peace for a period of time. My mood was all over the place and that had to stop. I don't want to be all over the place. I want to have a peace and comfort that is constant, not wavering. I knew it started and ended with Christ so I began to look through His word for answers. Below is a list that helped me understand where to find peace and why.
We have peace because we’ve been justified through our faith in Jesus Christ.
In Romans 5: 1-2(NIV) it says, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.”
When I read this I now understand that peace is given to us when we accept Jesus Christ in our lives. That means that it comes with the faith of believing in Jesus. We get access to peace by believing in Him. Just like most things we have to still choose to live in it. We have to choose to pick up peace everyday. I love where it says “which we now stand”! We have to stand firmly in the fact that a person, place or thing can’t take our peace away from us. Our peace wasn’t given by those things and it cannot be taken away by them. We didn't earn peace but we have to accept it. Just like a gift, it can be given but you have to open it.
No matter what the world brings, take heart and have peace.
In John 16: 32-33 (NIV) it says, “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “ I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.””
I love this so much!!! This verse gives me comfort because I don't think Jesus was talking to just the disciples here. I think He was talking to us also. He was telling us that no, He wont be here physically anymore but we’re never going to be alone. He came and told us these things so that we could find our peace in Him no matter what the world throws our way. Why have peace as life takes us through the ups and down? Because we know that the one who overcame the world is the same one that can give us peace as life washes from left to right. If that doesn't give you chills!!! Knowing that no matter what, you have the one that won it all on your side. That has to give you peace! Its kinda like having the best player of all time on your team. The players on the team have to have a level of peace knowing that that player will come through. That they cant loose with them on the team. That gives you a confidence and boldness to not only believe in them but to also believe that you can do your best to add to the team. I want to add to the team!! I don't want my worry to affect the team.
Nothing can bring you peace outside of Christ.
In Matthew 11: 28-30(MSG) it says: “ Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me- watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
Being tired and worn out sounds a lot like not having peace to me. In this verse Jesus is saying, are you these thing? It’s okay, I have the answer. The answer is come to me, the one who created you. I know you best. Get away with me and I’ll show you what real rest is. All you have to do is walk with me and watch. When you walk with me you’ll learn what real rest and peace is. When you take up His yoke you wont be bound to worry which causes you to be tired and worn out. Instead His yoke will give you freedom and the weight will be light.
Jesus is the true definition of peace. In Him we find peace and tranquility. All He ask of us is to have faith and walk with him. Through walking with Him comes a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).
I’m so thankful that we don’t have to find peace in this world. The world is not fixed (predetermined and not subject to or able to be changed). It’s constantly changing. Even with the things of the world constantly changing, we can be constant in our faith which gives us peace. We know that God never changes, He never leaves us. I leave you with this last verse. 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.”
He loves us so much that He freely gives us His peace. He knew it wouldn’t be easy so He gave us the perfect tool to combat it…“His peace.” His peace will give you complete contentment and rest in Him. Rest in that.
I pray that our hearts would not be troubled and we would not be afraid because we carry with us always the peace of Jesus Christ.