Finding Peace in a World of Struggle
Philippians 4:6,7- Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
This world can be a dark place many days. News reports of school shootings, innocent lives being lost too soon, terrorist attacks, unrest, and struggle are constant reminders that we live in uncertain times. Along with those reminders, our past hurts torment us, and our present reality is filled with pressures. For many, the future looms with fear.
Many times, we wonder, is finding peace in the midst of all this even possible? One quote reminds us, “Peace, it doesn't mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.” I have also heard it said, "No God, no peace. Know God, know peace." And both are true.
Without knowing the perfect peace and calm assurance of God Himself in this crazy, mixed up world, we will live forever struggling to gain control, always finding ourselves in a battle with stress and anxiety. Yet focusing on God’s words can bring life to our souls, no matter what swirls around us on any given day. He is able to bring security, so we're not overcome with fear or worry.
He's the answer to our place of refuge. We can never fully escape all the mess this world may bring our way. We live in a fallen place. But in the midst of what life deals us, we can remain steadfast and strong.
You might ask: “How?” Well, often living a peace-filled life comes down to a choice. Choosing to come to Him, choosing to set our minds on His Word, choosing to trust Him no matter what, choosing to pray in all that we face, choosing not to be anxious, choosing to believe that He's always with us and in control, choosing to set our thoughts on those things that are true and right.
God reminds us in His word that peace will not naturally just come our way, He tells to “seek peace and pursue it,” Psalm. 34:14. Some may offer their own advice, “Get away for a few days, relax, be happy, take a vacation, tune out, just don't think about stressful stuff.” But it's only temporary relief in a crazy, struggling world. These are vain attempts to cover the desperate places of our souls with superficial, external fixes. But the peace God offers is vastly different. It's lasting, confident, and real. The peace God offers breathes deep reassurance in the midst of all that we face – past, present, or future. The peace God offers rises up against the fear that would seek to choke our lives. It brings comfort and freedom.
God's words give strength, purpose, and grace. They alone are what can bring inner calm to a whirlwind of crazy. No matter what we go through in life, or what we're up against today, we don't have to be shaken. We're safe with Him. We find rest with Him. We find our peace in Him. God sent His only Son, pure essence of Peace Himself, to give us lasting freedom and peace that only He can give.
In Christ’s Love,