Can we really have peace in the world that we live in today?

DSC05552Have you heard the song which goes “I’ve got peace like a river. I’ve got peace like a river. I’ve got peace like a river in my soul“?

It has nice words, but is there any truth to it? Can we really have peace in the world that we live in today? Firstly, let’s be clear: the peace that we are referring to here, is not the absence of war. It is not our traditional idea of peace. This is the kind of peace that allows us to walk through a war zone (if called to do so) completely at peace, because we know that no harm will come to us (to read my post on divine protection, click here). It is the kind of peace that allows us to remain calm, when everyone would expect us to be stressing out. Sounds great doesn’t it – but is it just a fantasy?  Surely it’s natural to worry or be fearful about things sometimes – at the very least.

Take God at His Word, talk to Him about everything.

Well worrying may come naturally to us, but according to the Bible it is also unnecessary. Philippians 4:6 in the New Living Translation says, “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done“. God would not tell us not to worry, if it was impossible not to worry. Take God at His Word, talk to Him about everything. I do realise though, that one verse may not be enough to convince you, so here’s another: “Casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully]” 1 Peter 5:7 (The Amplified Bible). Want another one? “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee” Isaiah 26:3.

You are not going to have peace of mind if you try to do things on your own.

The formula for having peace, when other people would be stressing out and desperately trying to figure out what to do, is simple: Give the concern to God and trust Him to take care of it. If He tells you to do something – then do it, if not, just relax and let Him handle it. But don’t make the mistake that many people often make, of giving a concern to God and then a few days later, start worrying if perhaps you should be doing something, and thereby taking the concern back again from God. God is totally willing to solve your problems for you – if you’ll let Him. You are not going to have peace of mind if you try to do things on your own. It is not going to happen! C.S. Lewis once said “God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing“.

God’s peace will actively protect your heart and mind from distress.

Earlier, I mentioned Philippians 4:6 which instructs us not to worry about anything, but instead to pray about everything. Verse 7 then tells us what the result of following these instructions will be: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus“. DSC07012At the beginning of this blog post, I said that this is not our traditional idea of peace, this is not merely the kind of peace that you feel when you walk into a forest and say, “Isn’t it peaceful here?“. Although it does encompass that sense of calm, this peace is not something passive. The word translated as ‘keep’ in the above scripture, is a military term meaning to keep by guarding, to keep under guard as with a garrison. It describes providing protection against the enemy as a garrison of soldiers does. This peace – God’s peace – will actively protect your heart and mind from distress – if you will yield to it. It will enable you to stay calm in potentially stressful situations.

Like every gift that God desires to give you, it has to be received.

You may have never experienced the kind of peace that I am describing. It may seem to be too good to be true, but it’s not. It is a free gift from God to you, one of our many covenant entitlements, or benefits. Jesus suffered extreme stress in the Garden of Gethsemane, so that you could have total peace of mind. The video below by Greek scholar Rick Renner, will give you a deeper understanding of just what Jesus went through in Gethsemane:

But like every gift that God desires to give you, it has to be received by faith. Mediate on the scriptures above relating to peace and whatever other scriptures you can find. As you do so allow the peace of God to become a reality in your life. The bottom line is, that when you realise that if you trust God He will never let you down, then you will find that you really don’t have anything to worry or be stressed about.

If you have any further questions or thoughts, please feel free to leave a comment.


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