What’s the one thing you need most in your life right now? Less stress? Fewer fears? A clearer mind? A sense of security?
I keep telling myself, if I had all of the above, I would finally have what I want most: peace. No fretful thoughts, no nagging worries.
Now God is showing me how this really works.
When His peace flows through us, our stress eases, our fears fade, our minds clear, and our sense of security becomes firmly rooted in Him.
So, peace is where we start, not where we land.
Peace has one Source: “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). Peace is a gift, pure and simple, placed in our hands by a loving Savior, who assures us it’s “the kind of peace that only I can give” (CEV).
The word in Greek—eiréné—means “peace, quietness, rest.” Just the sound of those words can calm our anxious hearts. Like taking a long, deep breath, then slowly exhaling. It reflects the Hebrew word, shalom, a common farewell in Israel.
Peace. Quietness. Rest. Shalom.
Guess what else eiréné means? “One, wholeness.” It’s everything that truly matters, all joined together.
Apart from God? No peace.
With God? Peace like a river.
Even in the midst of heartache and loss? Yes, especially then. Consider the story of Horatio Spafford, who wrote It Is Well with My Soul.
“The peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
Transcend means we don’t get it and won’t get it. It’s far above our comprehension and way beyond our intellectual reach.
This is a good thing. If we could manufacture peace on our own, we might not turn to God. Instead, we need Him every hour.
Our Facebook sisters know this:
- “I would be a total wreck without His peace.”—Nikol
- “The challenges in my life are beyond my own strength to endure. His peace has been a lifesaver in more ways than one.”—Cristel
- “I love everything about Him, but especially His peace that He so freely gives, and I so desperately need.”—Joyce
- “In this life, we have many stresses, but God’s peace is ours, always.”—Brenda
In the beautiful words of Jesus, “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” (John 16:33).
Take heart, beloved. Trouble is guaranteed. So is His peace. “United with me, you may have shalom (CJB).
Lord, help us rest in Your peace. Remind us that it’s not a place, not an idea, not a state of mind. It’s a Person. It’s You, Lord, standing before, behind, and beside us. You guard our hearts. You calm our fears. You make us whole in You. Shalom.
You’ll find a link below to Share Your Thoughts about how you’ve personally experienced God’s peace. Thanks for encouraging us all.
Your sister, Liz