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Experiencing Peace in Our Lives

Peace in the midst of chaos through Jesus Christ.

People are looking for “peace.” This term, however, can be confusing. There is no peace for the wicked (Isaiah 48:22; 57:21), and Jesus warns that He did not come to bring world peace (Matthew 10:34; Luke 12:51). The Gospel is a two-edged sword — bringing some people to Jesus and causing some people to push away from Jesus. The Gospel brings inner peace to those who accept it yet is divisive to, and with, those who do not. It is the ungodly that brings tribulation and persecution to believers and martyr believers for their faith in Jesus. But God’s peace passes all understanding to those who love Him as He is with them through tribulation. He loves them and brings about eternal reward and blessing to those who endure.

The world around us is in chaos. There are wars, rumors of wars, pestilences, earthquakes, storms, and other natural and manmade events that cause disruption, pain, fear, and anxiety within the hearts and lives of people across the globe. Christians should not be surprised by these events as Jesus said, as the end times drew closer, more of these events would occur (Matthew 24:6–13).

God’s people have been instructed by God to pray for the peace of Jerusalem (Psalm 122:6), though we know that real, lasting peace will not happen until Jesus establishes His kingdom on the new earth in the New Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:3–5, 8, 12)!

Until then, there will be no peace — political, economic, spiritual, from nature, or otherwise — as the world continues in its sin and evil ways, as it appears to spiral out of control.

But, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid” (Matthew 24:6). Jesus promised He will be with us always, even unto the end of the age (Matthew 28:20), and that we will not be left alone to fend for ourselves. When Jesus ascended into Heaven, He reassured us that as He was leaving, He was sending a Comforter (the Holy Spirit) to dwell within us and be active in us (John 14:16, 26; John 16:7) until Jesus returns as King of Kings and the Trinity will rule as One (Zechariah 14:9). God, the Father, Jesus, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — the Triune God — will then be one and with one name: Jesus.

That is a time to which all believers can look forward with the hope (confidence) that God’s word is faithful and true, and He will bring about the peace of Jerusalem and peace to all! Just as God’s word is faithful to bring about world peace, He also instructs that believers have no reason to fear the tribulations and judgments that must come before His kingdom is established.

As stated above, God remains with us through all things. The Holy Spirit lives within us through all things, sealing us into God’s family for eternity. Globally, God assures us that things will continue to worsen for time, yet God assures us that He will never leave us or forsake us (Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 41:10; Romans 8:31–39; Hebrews 13:5).

There are three types of peace given to those called the children of God: peace WITH God, peace OF God, and peace with others.

When a person is at odds with God because of sin and God’s holiness, God says that His wrath of judgment is upon that person. Without God intervening and providing His grace and mercy to man, based on the work and substitutionary death of Jesus on the cross, man cannot appease a holy God. There is guilt, condemnation, fear, and judgment as a person who was created in the image of God (body, soul, spirit) remains dead in trespasses and sin (Romans 6:23; Ephesians 2:1; Colossians 2:13) and that mankind is without excuse (Romans 1:20), knowing the wrath of God works judgment on sin.

When a person comes to Jesus, believing in who He is, that He paid the sin penalty (Romans 6:23) to be reconciled back to God (Romans 5:18; II Corinthians 5:18), the Holy Spirit immediately enters that person’s spirit and makes it come alive (Ephesians 2:1–3), now free from God’s judgment (Romans 8:1). That person now has peace with God (Romans 5:1), no longer at enmity with Him.

This peace with God brings a calmness, a stillness over the person’s spirit, knowing his soul is saved from God’s wrath and eternal judgment and that he can now live as a child of God (Galatians 3:26; Romans 8:14, 17; John 1:12).

God has assured us that there is no reason to be anxious or fearful, even in our individual, day-to-day circumstances (Philippians 4:6–7; I Peter 5:7). Jesus continues encouraging His disciples that there is no need to be fearful or anxious about the future, about our needs, or about our daily sustenance (Matthew 6:25–34). He gives us inner peace when experiencing trials and tribulations that, because of the Spirit living within us, we can have confidence in knowing God is in control and working everything for our good (Romans 8:28), giving us a calmness and peace that passes all comprehension as humans (Philippians 4:7).

God wants His children to actively trust Him, to know that He is faithful and in control. He will guide us during our troubles to still waters and restore our souls (Psalm 23). God says that for those who remain gazed upon Him, steadfast, focused on His love for us, that He will give them perfect peace (Isaiah 26:3). That is having the peace of God, which sustains us through our trials.

The Apostle James writes, “Count it all joy when you experience diverse trials and tribulations, knowing that these experiences grow endurance (James 1:2–4) for the long journey of becoming more like Jesus as the Holy Spirit transforms us into His image or likeness (Galatians 5:22–23).

There should also be a peace with others. In our horizontal relationships, we should live peaceably among all people (Romans 12:18). We are to strive for peace with everyone (Hebrews 12:14, Proverbs 16:7) and especially, to accept, encourage, and help restore others within the household of faith (II Corinthians 13:11). Jesus says peacemakers are blessed (Matthew 5:9) and the signs of Godly wisdom includes a “harvest of righteousness” to those who sow peace (James 3:17–18).

Trouble will continue in the world because of man’s sin. God tells us what is to come so that we may know He is in control, and we have nothing to fear. God has provided a way for us to have peace with Him, knowing our sin debt is paid and no longer facing God’s wrath of judgment when we accept the work of Jesus on the cross to reconcile us back to God. We know we have the peace of God when experiencing hardships, when our lives are tested with trials and tribulations, knowing that such trials help to secure us in the faith, to endure the long journey and transformation into the image of Jesus.

If your life, like the world around you, is in turmoil, you can experience peace with God and the peace of God by trusting Him and accepting Jesus as your Savior. He alone can save you from your guilt and God’s punishment and wrath, bringing you into eternal life with Him.

If you are a follower of Jesus, know and claim His promises and claim His peace. Experience calm in the storm. Be still and know that He is God, and He is in control.

Whichever applies to you, don’t wait. Call on Him today!

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AuthorRandy DeVaul | BCWorldview.org 


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