Peace is a very hot topic in our world and it always has been. John Lennon even wrote and performed a song titled “Give Peace a Chance” that became the anthem for anti-war protestors in the 1960’s. Spas and luxury resorts give promises of a peaceful, relaxed atmosphere, free from the weighty thoughts of our mundane daily lives. Spiritual advisors promise to give us inner peace through mediation and deep-breathing techniques. We are sold, peddled, and doled out the promise of peace from a menagerie of different sources and avenues. Ultimately, though, none of them work, especially in the long-term.
What is peace after all? I’m not talking about the non-existence of warlike relations between two groups or nations. Instead I’m talking about inner peace. Peace is simply calmness, or to be free from anxiety or stress. It is the knowledge that everything is going to be alright, even if the circumstances don’t seem to be leaning in that direction.
God has a lot to say about peace in His Word. In fact the word peace is used over 400 times in the King James Bible. The majority of those times it is used to mark the absence of war or conflict, but the Bible also has much to say about inner peace or calmness. The Lord Jesus Christ talked about how, when He left this earth, He was going to leave peace for His followers. He says, “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).
So the question now becomes how can we have this peace that Jesus speaks about? The first step is to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Jesus said in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace.” The Lord Jesus Christ came to this world to save sinners and to give us the peace that only He can give. All we have to do is call on Him and accept this free gift of salvation.
The next step in having peace is to know God’s Word. “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” (Psalm 119:165). I can have inner peace through God’s Word because I can rely on it wholly. I don’t know every step I’m supposed to take in life and I don’t pretend to understand the trials we have to face, but I do know God promises to lead me through those things because His Word says so. That is peace.
Because I have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ and I trust in God’s Word I now have true inner peace and you can, too. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 4:7).