Peace On Earth

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     “I just don’t have peace about it.”

      “I’ve been praying about it and so I have peace about it.”

      Yes, not only are these phrases troubled girls have explained their irrational decisions to me with, but I believe they are commonly tossed around in modern Christianity. So what are the inherent problems with this mindset of seeking and obtaining peace?How does a person obtain peace originally? Let’s search the scriptures to see where we err in our misconceptions about peace.

     God’s Word says that peace is a fruit of the Spirit’s work in a born-again believer (Gal 5:22-23). It comes with the package. It is a calmness and tranquility that supercedes circumstances. When a Christian trusts Christ and puts his MIND steadfastly (unwaiveringly) on Him, God keeps him in peace. In fact this peace is perfect, far better than any that would accompany our circumstances (Is 26:3).

     Isaiah 25-26 is an interesting passage to consider in talking about peace because Jerusalem is being contrasted with Moab, a city built on the premise of defiance. Moab was a heavily fortified city but God brought it to ruin. He then commanded Jerusalem to live with their gates wide open and vulnerable. Why? To show their faith in the true God. After all, peace is found in our mindset of trust in God. They could live worry free because their God was Yah-the immovable rock of salvation.

     So, the real problem is not with the lost-then-found peace, it is with a mindset not stayed on God. Worry/fear, manipulation, etc. are all forms of control we attempt to exact in our lives. We take the control from an almighty King and righteous Judge and place it in a pathetic human effort (cf Neh 9:16-26)

     How then, do we live in daily peace-a peace which we keep despite circumstances? Our peace and joy can be given away at our discretion to the first robber who steals it. We as Christians must make a volitional choice to set our affections on things above, NOT on things on the earth (Col 3:1-3) We must ask ourselves “Who is God in this circumstance?” and then recall to mind scripture to dwell on. Psalm 18:29-32 reminds us that God gives strength for the “hard stuff” of life. James 1:6-8 exhorts us to pray to God and ask expecting an answer because a wavering man is characteristically unstable. God is a solid rock when we are not. We can run and hide in him, we can draw strength to keep on, and we can expect answers from the one who plans and orders each step we take.

     In summary, peace is ours at salvation and doesn’t leave according to circumstances. We must anchor our minds on Christ and truth (Phil 4:8; Isaiah 26:3) through prayer and meditation on scripture. And as we seek to know God-His character, provisions, and promises, we become like him and rest in our circumstances. May we give Him the glory as He perfects us in this area!

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sarah
    Jan 26, 2008 @ 03:27:17

    Amen, Miss Daisy! Many Christians do not realize that peace comes from obedience to God. Obeying God doesn’t always make us “feel” wonderful but it is the right thing to do, no matter how hard it is–and we will experience peace in doing what He has asked us to.
    I’m sure girls aren’t always happy to hear your frankness. 🙂 But keep it up!

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  2. Daisy
    Feb 09, 2008 @ 17:59:27

    Wow, has the Lord ever been testing me in this lately. My heart hurts, but I’m continually reminded that my hope, peace, and joy is from God and His work on the cross. People will always disappoint us, especially when we put our expectations in them. But God is still there, reminding us that He never disappoints. His love is comforting and all-encompassing. I’m so thankful for Someone Who never leads me to believe anything but the truth.

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