Romans12:18 —–If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
People all over the world, across all ages desire Peace. From the corporate CEO to the simple man in the village – everyone longs for this.
In the midst of all we do, in the midst of all our business, our pursuit of success, achievements, making money, going up the corporate ladder, getting married, having a home, a family, etc. etc. – it all boils down to the fact that ultimately, all of us want this one important commodity: Peace.
Unfortunately – none of these things can guarantee peace. Money, fame, success, marriage, possessions, etc… – None of these things can guarantee peace.
Sadly, many get disillusioned and go looking for peace in the wrong places – drugs, sex, relationships, etc. etc. Sometimes in our pursuit of happiness and peace we resort to wicked and deceitful ways thinking that we must possess this, at all costs.
But what is PEACE? Most people say that peace is when a person has no troubles. However Jesus says the peace that He can give is not what this world has to offer. When we receive the peace of Jesus even in the midst of extreme storms in our life, we are still at peace!
An example of that is when Jesus and the disciples were crossing the lake in a boat and a fierce storm struck them. (Mathew8:24). The waves were breaking onto the boat but Jesus was fast asleep. The disciples are afraid because they believe that they are going to die and they wake up Jesus and plead for the Lord to save them.
In the midst of the storm, Jesus was at peace because he trusted His Father. Jesus first reproves them for their little faith and then rebukes and silences the winds. What did Jesus’ disciples learn from Him through this experience? They learnt that the mind can cause us to be extremely scared of a fearful situation or have strong faith – it all depends on how we train our mind.
Philippians 4:4 —- Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!
The above scripture does not say that we who believe in Christ should always put on a happy face and deny the intensity of our troubles. But in the process of crying out to God for help and re-focusing our thoughts on the Lord and His great mercies, by the end of our conversation with the Lord and speaking His Word out aloud repeatedly, our mood will change, even though our circumstances are the same. When we meditate and confess the Word of God and believe it, we will experience a flood of God’s joy even in the midst of tremendous pain.
Though our hearts may be heavy with sorrow or grief because of trials, beneath the surface is the abiding confidence that our God is sovereign and that our lives are in His hand.
In our tongue is the power of prosperity and poverty, healing and sickness, life and death, our future is in the power of my tongue. Once we realise this we will be extremely careful what we speak.
To be able to look into God’s face, and know with the knowledge of faith that there is nothing between the soul and Him, is to experience the fullest peace the soul can know.