Self-isolation, can’t go out to eat, avoid the beaches, Zoom Bible study classes, and live streaming of church services. It’s enough to make the most peaceful person anxious.
Or maybe like me, you’ve been tested for Covid-19 with the nose swab and had the COVID blood test to see if you have the antibodies meaning you had the virus. Fortunately, I tested negative for both. However, this upside-down world has robbed some of the usual peace of mind from me. I get anxious when I go to the grocery store or the pharmacy. Having peace of mind is hard for me. So …
What’s a man or woman to do? Where can we find real peace?
Everyone is searching for peace today. We seek real tranquility in our work, in our relationships, and yet the order that the world can give us is extremely fragile. It is temporary.
The peace that God gives us is different from what the world offers. It is permanent. God’s peace affords tranquillity amid trouble. Seek His peace and experience a tremendous gift from God.
Three Kinds of Peace
1. Spiritual Peace – At Peace with God.
Romans 5:1 ESV – “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
2. Emotional Peace – The Peace of God.
Colossians 3:15 ESV – “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
3. Relational Peace – At Peace with Everyone.
Romans 12:8 ESV – “the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
John 14:27 ESV – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
Key’s to God’s Perfect Peace
Key #1 – Obey God’s Principles
Psalm 119:165, 167 ESV – “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. … My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly.”
Key #2 – Accept God’s Pardon
Micah 7:18 ESV – “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression … He does not retain his anger forever because he delights in steadfast love.”
Key #3 – Focus On God’s Presence
Isaiah 26:3 ESV – “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”
Key #4 Trust God’s Presence
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Key #5 Ask For God’s Peace
Jeremiah 33:3 ESV – “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” I like to call Jeremiah 33:3 God’s phone number.
Remember, pray first, then you’ll find peace.
Philippians 4:6-7 ESV – “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”