Where Do We Find Peace?

In a world filled with daily responsibilities, demands, disagreements, chaos and crime in the streets, and wars and threats of war, where do we find peace? From the world’s viewpoint, it seems peace can be found in the cessation of war, the control of criminal and anarchist elements, and everyone agreeing to a libertarian/liberal lifestyle, a live and let live philosophy. But, does peace come from these ingredients and attitudes and approaches to life?

Some people find a sense of peace through beautiful music, the sound of waves crashing on the shores, or the sound of a babbling mountain stream. Others enjoy peace at the top of a mountain, overlooking the expansive range tops and valleys below, or on a mountain slope skiing through powdery snow, or standing in a stream with a fly rod in hand.

Others might find peace in a substantial bank account, a dependable income, and a secure retirement. A healthy, satisfied family with thoughtful and respectful children who uphold the family reputation might cause some to rest in peace. Having confidence in one’s own talents and abilities might also bring a sense of peace and security.

Webster’s definition of peace encompasses much of what I have described, “state of tranquility, freedom from civil disturbance, a state of security, freedom from oppressive thoughts or emotions, harmony, a pact or agreement to end hostilities,” etc.[1] These are the types of peace people strive for day-to-day and throughout life. But, are these the answers to true peace?

When lying awake at night in your dark bedroom, do any of the definitions of peace truly define for you a sense of total peace, free from any anxiety or worry? Do they give you peace with what tomorrow will bring, what the future might bring, or what the circumstances of your household are tonight? Most likely, they do not. When you peel away the façade, peace in the world is not true peace at all.

So, where do you find true peace? Since the Fall and Adam’s rebellion, there has been no true peace except in the one and only plan of God to redeem mankind. “God so loved the world, that He gave” us the Prince of Peace, His only son, Jesus Christ (John 3:16 ESV). Through faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, you can, individually, know peace that goes beyond, so totally above and beyond anything the world can know or provide. God “gave” you this opportunity for peace. All you have to do is have faith. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” (Ephesisans 2:8 ESV). By faith, you will not only please God but be able to rest in knowing that regardless of the circumstances and disappointments of life, hurts of relationships, threats of harm, disability, or failures of any kind, you have true peace in the promise of eternal life through Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection.

For the time being, we have to live in a world of trouble due to the consequences of Adam’s failure in participating with Eve in the deception of the Evil one. The disobedience of eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil brought sin and harm on all of mankind until the time God has ordained to bring the world back to its intended perfection. But, Jesus has overcome the world and promises us peace. “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33 ESV).

No matter what the world seems to throw at you, you can know that God is in control and will work things out for your good and personal growth. “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28 ESV). Jesus reminds us to not be afraid and to focus on the peace only He can give. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27 ESV).

Do not focus your mind on the troubles of life. Pray and trust God knowing that He will help you resolve circumstances, endure trouble, and learn from difficulties. Focus your mind on His goodness and love, His blessings and joys. Paul said, “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace” (Romans 8:6 ESV). As a child of God, rest well at night knowing that you will always walk the pathway of life here and throughout eternity, surrounded by His love and peace. Focus on what He wants for you, eternally. “Finally, brothers (and sisters), whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4:8 ESV).


[1] Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, MA: G. & C. Meririam Co., 1973, 842.

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