There have been instances in which I have experienced undeniable peace with major life decisions, conflict resolution, job situations, or family crises. There have also been instances in which peace seemed difficult to find, resulting in unrest, fear, anxiety, and worry.
Like joy, peace is internal and difficult to grasp. It is an unexplainable calm, even in the midst of adversity. Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT) says that we are not to “worry about anything but pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
How do we achieve peace? True peace comes with a personal relationship with Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) says that “[God] will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on [God] because he trusts in [God].” Further, in verse 4, “Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.”
Even when we go through difficult times, we can practice the truths in these verses.
- Pray about everything. Nothing is too small to God. He loves us and understands us. He wants us to talk to Him about everything.
- Thank Him. Look for the blessings, especially in adversity, and thank Him for them. It helps redirect your focus. Start a gratitude journal and record these insights; and periodically review as reminders of God’s goodness.
- Fix your mind. This can be a challenging discipline. Train your mind to focus on Scripture by writing verses on notecards, placing verses on your mirror or refrigerator, listening to praise and worship music—anything to fix your mind on Him.
The results? Scripture says we will receive God’s peace. He will guard our hearts and minds. He will give us strength.
Our Faith Connection Challenge: Choose one of the disciplines mentioned to pursue peace.
Father, it is a challenge at times finding peace in the midst of life. Help me to practice the discipline of pursuing peace. In Your precious name, Amen.