Everyone wants peace in their lives and in this world, but so few truly understand the Source of the true and lasting peace for which they long.
God promised “Peace” to His people…a God-kind of peace! This “Peace” does not exempt one from hardship; it only underscores God’s ability to keep those who have entrusted their lives to Him.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
Have you stopped lately and evaluated your “peace level?” Are you truly at peace with God and His ability to care for you or are you to be found among the world’s population attempting to buy peace from the stock market or the banks or the marketplace? True peace comes from knowing God in an intimate way, having found a place of comfort and rest in Him, being assured of the truth found in His Word.
As we are nearing the final minutes of this year and the advent of another new year, many are concerned about what the future brings. Be assured of this one thing—God’s Peace is Perfect Peace. Any other type of temporary, temporal peace is simply for a moment and will soon erode away into fear and anxiety.
Ten minutes of watching the national news channels will challenge anyone’s sense of peace or well-being. But God’s peace is not a mere token, it’s the real thing…it is a lasting blessing that will encompass those who trust Him regardless what transpires in this world.
Don’t let your heart be troubled because of your past or because of things to come, and neither let it be afraid of what tomorrow may bring for tomorrow will happen regardless of your fears and worries. Use your energy to hold onto God’s Peace and don’t let go; it will sustain you and keep you through anything the future may bring.
Father, there are times I feel anxious about the unknown of tomorrow. When I feel this way, Lord, please remind me that You have given Your Peace to me so I don’t need to be troubled or afraid. Lord, I thank you for being my Peacemaker, for bringing Peace in the midst of every storm I encounter. Help me to recognize the place of Peace more quickly, help me to put fear and doubt far from me, and help me to endure whatever may come knowing that in You I have nothing to fear. Your Peace is a gift that is priceless beyond measure. Amen.
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