Country life is a peaceful life. Watching the wind sway through the many trees gives me peace. It’s relaxing to watch the birds foraging and building their nests. Sitting on our back deck there is calm looking out at the view of green rolling hills, budding trees, and sometimes wildlife in the distance. When the weather permits, you’ll find me here, taking in the peaceful external life.
But there are times I sit on that deck, in the quiet while taking in the beautiful landscape and my insides are anxious and flustered. Life is hard at times. The world is in turmoil. I try not to watch the news because of the heartache and devastation. I can easily get overwhelmed with grief and sadness. OK, enough about the sad.
Is having peace, despite the turmoil, even possible?
I say yes. Even though our world around us may be in disarray. I’ve experienced it in the worst circumstances and you can too. I can’t even explain it other than it’s a feeling of calm and assurance that everything will be OK.
God wants us to have peace and He provided a way to give it. He provided His son, Jesus, the Prince of Peace. We have peace with God when we accept His gift of salvation through His son Jesus.
“But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
“Therefore, being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ”. Romans 5:1
The next step is to grow in our faith, by reading the Bible and praying. Peace is one of the Fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23. As we grow in our faith, the Holy Spirit produces these fruits, or characteristics, found in a Christian’s life. I don’t always have peace even though I’ve been a Christian for many years. And it’s usually when I haven’t been spending time with God. It’s so important to grow in our faith so we can experience all that God has for us.
“And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”. Philippians 4:7 ESV
Some steps to having the peace that passes understanding:
- Shift focus to the Bible instead of the news. Meditate on specific verses that bring comfort and hang on to God’s promises.
- Pray. Especially when feeling anxious or fearful. Call a friend to pray with you.
- Listen to Christian music. One of my favorites: Perfect Peace by Laura Story
- Seek beyond understanding with humility and grace. Trust the Father.
If you use You Version, they have many devotionals that are very helpful.
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I pray these words have encouraged you. Please feel free to share with others that may need some hope and encouragement.
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