I want to begin this article with an illustration. Two painters were told to paint a picture that best illustrates peace. One paints a picture of a serene environment near a waterfall with a bird singing on a tree. Near the waterfall is a lady sitting down all by herself thinking. The second painter paints a mighty and terrible storm and in the midst of that storm is a fisherman in a boat sleeping soundly. Which of the painters would win? For me, it’s the second painter. Why? Because how strong we are at heart will be tested when we face very difficult times. We cannot really say if the first painter’s image truly depicts peace. Peace defined is not the absence of external conflicts but the calmness we have within with or without conflict.
John 14:27 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”.
As believers, there is a kind of peace you should experience, a kind that the world can never understand. This kind of peace that in the midst of your deepest pain and toughest trial you are confident that all will be well soon because you believe that Jesus can never forsake you. Have you ever been to this point and people start to wonder if you are normal? But as I have observed most Christians don’t have this kind of peace as we are always anxious and worried about everything.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells you to pray when unpleasant situations come and you should not just pray, you should also thank him for what he has done in faith. Then it went on to say that if you do, you will experience God’s peace that the human mind cannot understand. This peace will guard your heart and mind, no longer will worry guard your heart and mind as you live in Christ.
How can you experience this peace? First, you have to have a relationship with Jesus Christ and the first step to having this relationship is to be born again. This peace that the world cannot understand is only available to those in Christ. The last three words of Philippians 4:7 stated this clearly “… through Christ Jesus”. Also, John 16:33 says,
“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”.
Furthermore, place your trust in God. Psalm 20:7 makes us understand that some nations boast of their armies and weapons, but we boast in the Lord our God. Proverbs 18.10 says,
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe”.
For you to find true peace you should learn to trust the Lord for He knows what is best for you and He will help you at all times.
Stop being anxious. In Matthew 6:25, Jesus Christ said,
“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
The remaining verses from Matthew 6:25 basically tells us to stop worrying as it does not help any bit.
Lastly, study, believe and live the word of God. The bible has and is still a wonderful blessing to humanity as it is Jesus himself (John 1:14). This word contains all we need to live a peaceful life on earth. The Holy Bible is the Book of books. We should not just read it but we should also live it. Believe what the Word says and live the Word. Jesus is the Word. Luke 11:28 says,
“But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it”.
Philippians 4:6-7 tells you not to worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all He has done. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.