There is simply no greater gift from the Lord, than the gift of peace. From the beginning of time, Peace is what set the people of God apart from the rest of the world. As Abraham walked through Canaan, he always experienced peace. As the wisest king in Israel, Solomon enjoyed an entire reign of peace. Peace, in the literal sense, is the absence of conflict. From our daily thoughts, to relationships, to business and finally to cultures and nations; everyone is striving for peace.
Sadly, while peace is easy to obtain, it is difficult to retain. At every level, the gift of peace comes with a heart for God. David, a man after God’s own heart, only knew peace when he followed God. After years of striving to gain the Kingdom of Israel, David forfeited peace in His life when he stepped away from God. Throughout God’s word, it is apparent that peace comes with a right relationship between us and God.
It only makes sense when you think about it. When we are in right relationship with the Lord, we are dead to ourselves and living for Him. From that perspective, little annoyances remain little, and unmet expectations are God’s to handle. From there, we find little to disrupt or destroy our peace. Even when trials and disaster strike, we can remain peaceful knowing God is in control.
I confess, peace remains elusive, even when one seeks God. It is so hard to gracefully set all that you have and all that you are at God’s alter. Still, when one is able to do so, God has a way of leading us through the trials and storms and right into a place of peace. We can only be patient and trust God to the depths of our fears and sorrows. That is where we will find our greatest peace.
God Bless You
“‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.