Living in the world we do, the idea of peace can sound like something straight out of the pages of a fairy tale. A lovely little made up word with no real-life substance to it.
We often define peace as an absence of violence, war or strife. While that is certainly one definition, it may cause acute disappointment when we realize that we will never live in that kind of world. Recently we witnessed missiles launched at Syria after a chemical attack. We continue to see gunman all over our country take the lives of innocent people because they are blinded by hate. Humanity stooped so low that a gunman murdered his grandfather and posted the video to Facebook. So where does that leave us? Peace seems to be something far beyond our reach.
But what if peace is less about the absence of something and more about the presence of something. Or better yet, someone.
Scripture tells us that God is our source of peace. He is our Yahweh Shalom. (Judges 6:24) As we continue to be in right relationship with God, one of the benefits that we receive is peace. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast (that is committed and focused on You) because he trusts and takes refuge in you.” (AMP) According to this scripture, the threat of war or evil has no impact on our peace. In fact, no outside circumstances have any bearing on the peace that is found in Christ. As we stay committed and focused on Him, He provides us with His peace that passes all understanding. Paul says in 2 Thessalonians, “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.”
This is our answer! This is how we can live in a broken and sinful world but also experience peace in the midst of it all. We keep our mind on God, we place our trust in Him and we take refuge in Him. The Lord of peace will give us peace at all times and in every way. What an amazing promise.
If we believe this, then peace is available to us in any circumstance. Whether we are watching the news or reading another article online of the latest violent attack, we can have peace. At all times and in every way. Whether we are are stressing out because we’re late getting our kid to their holiday concert, or embarrassed that they are showing up in black dress shoes two sizes too big for them, we can have peace. At all times and in every way. Whether the demands of family and holiday parties threaten to push us to our breaking point or we find ourselves wondering if this will be our last Christmas to celebrate with a loved one, we can have peace. At all times and in every way.
May we remember that our peace isn’t dependent upon our circumstances, but dependent upon our decision to keep our minds steadfast on God. We can choose peace by choosing to place our focus on Him.
A prayer: Thank you, God, for the peace that is available to us through You. You are the Lord of peace and You give us peace at all times and in every way. We acknowledge that You alone are our source of peace and we ask today that, as we keep our minds steadfast on You, that you would cover us with Your peace that passes all understand.