With all the rules and regulations of life today it’s no wonder that peace is so elusive. We strive hard to accomplish things we’re told are important. If we fail, we stress out over the failure, and either quit or learn more of what we need to know to succeed.
When we finally succeed, peace is still not in our hearts. We want more, bigger, better, faster, higher, and greater. Money seems to be the priority in life. Peace has no room in the heart of a covetous person. No room in the heart of a person without Jesus Christ.
What we deem as valuable, God sees as inconsequential. Originally his desire in creating men and women or mankind was to tend the rest of creation, which he gave us generously, and to honor him. After the fall, and when sin entered in, mankind began to seek position, power, possessions, and control over each other instead of enjoying the benefits that our loving creator poured out.
We severed the relationship with God that brought peace and joy into our lives. We turned from God to things. The more we covet, the more we realize that God is further away along with the peace he has always meant for us to have. But God hasn’t moved.
Peace and contentment only come when we return and submit to God and his will and seek his presence above all else. What does God require of us in order to attain the complete peace that only comes from a secure relationship with him?
Psalm 40:5-6 Many, O Lord my God, are the wonderful works which You have done, and Your thoughts toward us; no one can compare with You! If I should declare and speak of them, they are too many to be numbered. 6Sacrifice and offering You do not desire, nor have You delight in them; You have given me the capacity to hear and obey [Your law, a more valuable service than] burnt offerings and sin offerings [which] You do not require.
Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, and to love kindness and mercy, and to humble yourself and walk humbly with your God?
1. Turn back to God through Jesus Christ. Receive Him if you haven’t already. Put him first in all things.
John 16:33 I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
2. Seek His will and His glory. Not your own. Whatever will glorify God will last. Everything else is fleeting at best.
Romans 5:1 THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified ( acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).
3. Understand that peace comes with a price. God has given this price to us, but has no intention of saving contentious, rebellious people. But rather those who submit to him and his commandments.
1 Corinthians 7:23 You were bought with a price [purchased with a preciousness and paid for by Christ]; then do not yield yourselves up to become [in your own estimation] slaves to men [but consider yourselves slaves to Christ].
Luke 12:51 Do you suppose that I have come to give peace upon earth? No, I say to you, but rather division;
Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest [heaven], and on earth peace among men with whom He is well pleased [men of goodwill, of His favor].
4. Practice what Christ preached. Keep in mind that the greatest commandment is love.
Philippians 4:9 Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.
John 16:33 I’ve told you this so that my peace will be with you. In the world you’ll have trouble. But cheer up! I have overcome the world.”
5. Draw close to him throughout the days, months, and years ahead. Your life is now in his hands. If you don’t draw close to God through Jesus Christ, you will never have true peace on earth. Since the first peace was severed with the fall a price for your peace had to be paid by God himself.
John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]