The Peace of God
you ever feel tired ? Do you need an escape from the things of this
world? All of its cares? Its worries? Its troubles? It is not unusual
to feel ‘at the end of your rope’ at times and to long for some peace!
seek peace in many things. Some seek peace in their favorite hobby.
Some in a sort of solitude, where no one can bother them. Some get
their break by reading a good book. Others seek peace in destructive
ways— alcohol, drugs, suicide, or various other addictions—which bring
only more turmoil and difficulty.
These things only offer
temporary peace. They only offer a brief escape from the realities of
the world, knowing that we must once again endure them. Where can we
find absolute peace and security?
This is what God offers us! God
offers a true peace—one that we cannot find from any source in this
world. It is not simply a temporary or brief reprieve. In the right
heart, it is eternal and everlasting. It surpasses all understanding.
apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but
in everything in prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your
requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses
all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ
Jesus.” The peace of God comes from knowing your eternity is secure
regardless of what befalls you in this world.
To secure your
eternity, you must obey the gospel of Jesus Christ (Mk. 16:15-16; Acts
2:38; Rom 10:9-10; Gal. 3:26-27; Rom. 6:1-6) and then live faithfully
unto death (Rev. 2:10). Only then can you have access to the
Father—through the Son—knowing that He will answer the prayers of His
The beautiful thing about the peace of God is that it
will only leave you when you leave Him who can guard and keep your
heart through Christ Jesus. Let us all grab hold of the peace that God
offers and never let go.
By Jonathan L. Perz
From Expository Files 18.4; April 2011