What is more peaceful than a sleeping baby? When a baby sleeps, they are not tossing and turning; worrying about who will feed them or change their diaper. They sleep with total peace and assurance that they will be cared for. The question is, “Do you have that type of peace?” The kind of peace that allows you to lay down at night and known, “my daddy’s got this”.
We all have that peace as babies, but as we grow up, life teaches us differently. Life teaches us to worry and do our best to figure things out. But the truth is “our daddy God has still got this”. God’s word continuously speaks of peace. Peace is a promise. Jesus says in “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.” John 14:27. Jesus promises to leave peace. The problem that we face, is that we think peace equals happiness or the absence of problems. But it doesn’t. It never has and it never will. We will always have trial and storms in life and at times these problems will make us unhappy. No where are we promised that problems will not occur. If fact, Jesus assures us that we will have problems. Shortly after he promised peace, he promised that we would face troubles. John 16:33- I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have problems, But take heart; I have overcome the world.
Why do you think Jesus talked about peace so much? Maybe because the disciples equated peace with a trouble free life.
Three of the Gospels tell of Jesus calming the storm. Mark 4: 35-41- Jesus and the disciples were crossing the Sea of Galilee. A terrible storm came up and the waves were so large that the boat begin to fill with water. The disciples panicked. Jesus, however, was asleep in the back of the boat. He was sleeping peacefully, unconcerned with the storm around him. The disciples woke him and said, “Teacher, don’t you care that we’re going to drown?” Jesus woke up and spoke to the wind and the waves, “Silence, Be still”. Suddenly the winds stopped and the water was calm.
Why would Jesus be sleeping calmly and the disciples be panicked? The disciples walked with Jesus every day. They saw the miracles and they believed him to be God, but even though, they still saw the storm around them and lost all peace.
Storms of life will surely come, but when they do we have to know where our peace comes from. Our peace cannot come from lack of problems and it can’t come from happiness. Peace is defined as a state in which there is no war. Peace comes when you stop battling in your mind and your heart, and trust that God has everything under control. Our mind is a tricky thing. It will continue to tell us that we should worry and it will rob you of your peace. Phillipians 4:6-7- Don’t’ worry about anything, instead pray. Tell God what you need and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace which exceed anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
There is a key to maintaining peace. It is to keep our focus on God. When we focus on the problem, we make the problem bigger than our God. Keeping our focus on God will keep us in His perfect peace. Isaiah 26: 3- You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. – C.S. Lewis
Prayer: Dear Father, please help me to stay focused on you when the storms come. Remind me that you are bigger than any problem that I face. Give my peace that passes all understanding.