Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27 ESV
For most of my life I have sought after peace in various things: self-control, books, shopping, trips, religion, money, education, and people. While all those things by themselves are not wrong, the motive to which I have used them is.
Instead of asking my Heavenly Father to pour His peace over me, I seek to find it myself. This may last for a short while, but then I find myself searching again for the next moment of peace or putting my trust in things I believe will bring me peace.
I was reminded this Advent season of the peace I have with God through His son Jesus Christ (Romans 5:1). At night, when I lay my head down after a long day, my mind is at peace because I have been justified by faith and have been reconciled to Him by His grace.
So why do I try to manufacture peace in my life? The answer is simple. I don’t submit myself daily to the Most High God who will guard my heart and mind through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:7). I let myself get troubled by the events in my life and allow them to rule my thoughts and actions. I forget that Jesus is my source and supplier of the only kind of peace that will last.
Jesus knew we would fight for peace in this world. He knew it would be hard so He told us to not receive the peace from the world, but from Him. We are not to be fearful, anxious, or troubled but to look to Him daily. He tells us that in this world we will have tribulation but we are to have courage because He has overcome the world (John 16:33).
I’m tired of trying to fight the battle on my own. The only way I will overcome it is to believe in Him who died for me and who promised to return as the Prince of Peace.
This season, wherever you are, I pray that first you will have peace with God through His son, Jesus, and that He may fill you with His love, strength, and peace that sustains. Draw close to Him daily, seek His face, ask for wisdom, and say a prayer of thanks for the gift of salvation. Join us next week as we celebrate the love of Christ!
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What are you using to find peace? Seek the only true source of peace, Jesus.
Dear Father, I come to you acknowledging my anxious thoughts and fears and I ask that you pour your Holy Spirit into me and fill me with your peace today. Amen
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