Peace is something we all seem to be in search of. The peace most people are searching for however is not always the same because most people’s definition of peace is often different. As a mom, there are many moments in the day when all I want is peace and quiet. Yet from the minute my girls are awake until they fall asleep at night, if they are at home, that seems impossible. Then there are moments when if it is too quiet for too long I have to go searching for them. This seems crazy, but every mom knows exactly what I am talking about. Just like with this type of peace, what we are really looking for may vary. Therefore, we should use the Bible to discover what true peace really is and what it is not.
True Peace Is Not A Feeling
Our feelings are always changing and evolving. Feelings are much like the weather, if you wait long enough it will change. This constant change does not apply to true peace. Having true peace rooted in God and bearing as a fruit of the Spirit is a state of being.
True God-given peace allows us to have a solid state of being despite our feelings.
I remember when we were moving to Massachusetts and it seemed like everything that could go wrong did. My husband, Eric, had to start his new job here while we were still in Georgia, so that meant he was gone 3-4 days a week. Leaving me at home with our girls, trying to sell our home in Georgia, and looking to buy a house in Massachusetts. To say my feelings, stress level, and emotions were all over the place would be an understatement.
Yet God had given Eric and I both clear direction that moving was the right thing to do and gave us a peace about moving. Our feelings were at times all over the place, but the peace we had remained our true state of being. This allowed us to see past our feelings and be at peace.
True Peace Does Not Mean Life Will Be Free Of Conflict Or Storms
There are not many guarantees in life, but one I know is that there will be storms. Life has been and will be filled with tests to pass and obstacles to overcome. Yet despite the ups and downs of life, we can still have peace. God wants us to be so deeply rooted in Him that the peace He gives surpass the circumstances around us.
Just like with our move to Massachusetts, we all will experience many storms in life. Trusting in God and knowing that despite the storms we will come out of them better and stronger is a beautiful thing and a peace like no other.
God-given peace is true peace. It is not shaken by your circumstance or your situation. It is a peace that surpasses all understanding. A state of being that you rest in because you know God is in control.
I’d love to hear about what having true peace means to you in the comments!