We serve the God of peace. That is, if you believe in Him.
but I am often without peace.
God promises peace to His people. He doesn’t promise easy, He promises peace.
I was thinking about this while I was reading Matthew this morning. Chapter 11 verse 28 says, “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” That’s Jesus speaking, this is an invitation.
Do we need it?
It hit me just how significant this offer of peace was when I thought about the state of our world. It doesn’t take a pageant queen to tell you this world is in dire need of peace. It’s obvious when we read the news, but there’s just as desperate of a need for peace in each of our own hearts.
Think about the daily worries that rack up your blood pressure. Are you always late for work? Do you wish the stoplights would turn faster? Is that stain on your pants ruining your outfit? What about the message that one annoying person left on your phone? You’re gonna have to hurry out the door and drive faster and ask someone for a Tide pen and get back to your mom eventually… Even the little daily stress of life take away from our peace when we decide to handle them on our own.
Peace comes from trusting our Savior regardless of our circumstances. It means feeling what you feel, real sadness and frustration and confusion, but knowing that your hope is in a God who is faithful to take care of you. He promises to work out all things for the good of those who love Him, (Romans 8:28) and specifically instructs his children not to worry about tomorrow because he will provide (Matthew 6). This is a God who wants us to have peace in our hearts. It’s a priority to Him.
I am asking you this morning, (or afternoon-or night!), where are you finding your peace? Does it come from doing a good job at work or paying all your bills on time? Is it the kind of peace that cannot be taken away from you?
God’s plans for us are better for us than our own. We often forgo peace in order to feel like we are in control. We ask why did this happen? Write lists to make changes and gather opinions that affirm our own conclusions. We prefer to work harder and find comfort in the empty message “it will all turn out okay.” We forget that peace is right there in the place where we stop looking to the world for resolution in our hearts. Peace comes from the place we place our hope. Are you hoping in yourself? Your education? Your loved ones?
We decline Jesus’ invitation to a peace that is everlasting because it requires dependence on Him.
“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
Do you have peace?