“You will keep in perfect peace the mind that is dependent on You.” Is 26:3
Not only in America but all over the world, people seek peace. Peace for their home, their region and their country. Right this very minute, someone is striving to make amends, to bring forgiveness or to forge a way of living that results in peace for everyone involved. Unfortunately, peace treaties have been agreed to, signed, declared with fanfare, and raised the hopes of millions just to be dashed to pieces, shattered on the rocks of deception and greed. Rather than giving birth to peace, these broken treaties breed hatred, fear, anger and bloodshed. This is true throughout the history of America as in most of the world. On his own, mankind seems unable to find and establish peace. That is because the secret of peace is birthed in the bosom of God through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, without whom there is no peace.
For centuries, even from the very beginning of the world, anger, jealousy, greed and hatred have corrupted attempts at peaceful coexistence and personal safety. Cain and Abel point to the first example of a jealous rage ending in death and the greedy, traitorous heart of Judas Iscariot shines the light on another, more infamous example of greed and jealousy controlling a man to bring destruction, disappointment, confusion and death.
Philippians 4:4-8 Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.
Romans 14:17 For God’s Kingdom is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of the righteousness, peace, and joy which the Holy Spirit gives.
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
The secret of peace then is not really a secret except to those who refuse to see it. As we can see above, God has done everything for us to have His peace in our hearts. Why then do we struggle so often with our circumstances, grasping for the peace that seems to elude us? Is it because we do not really believe God’s Word; because our faith is weak when our trials are strong? Or is it because we want an external peace, one that is built on an impossible premise of everyone agreeing to “get along” and share equally. That peace does not even work in families, let alone nations. God’s peace is eternal and personal, changing individuals, one by one.
His peace, already prepared, perfected and given to us via His Holy Spirit must be acted upon. To receive a gift, we must reach out for it, take it and make it ours. “When you draw close to God, God will draw close to you.” [James 4:8]
So we can see that we are the weak link in this process of Him giving and us receiving. Praise be to God for Jesus Christ who forgives and sets us back on our feet of faith, time after time.
John 14:27 “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn’t fragile like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you—I am going away, but I will come back to you again.”