Peace, Glorious Peace

I speak to the raging waters in my life; peace, be still

As I’ve traveled around the world, via the internet, I’ve discovered that most people value peace in their life. It takes many forms, depending on the person, but peace is essential to people for a happy co-existence. Peace at home, at work, in relationships, and in their spiritual life is a highly sought after commodity. But what is peace and where does it come from?

In the dictionary, peace is defined as the absence of war or other hostilities or an agreement or a treaty to end hostilities. For those who live in war-torn countries with hostile neighbors, this definition makes sense. But for those of us in relatively safe surroundings, this next definition makes more sense. Peace is the freedom from quarrels and disagreement, a harmonious relationship as in roommates living in peace with each other. It can also mean public security and order. We don’t hear about it often but someone can be arrested for disturbing the peace. Peace is an inner contentment, serenity, peace of mind.

The next question, “where does it come from?” is a lot more difficult to answer. People strive to find peace in their lives by working hard to get along with the people they encounter, the people who matter to them most. Sometimes this need for peace can cause a person to be exploited, taken advantage of. People search for peaceful surroundings or use meditation and exercise to find peace and tranquility.

The author of Peace, however, is God Himself. Peace comes through understanding our relationship with Him, following His call on our life, and placing ourselves under the umbrella of His love and caring. The Bible, in Mark, chapter 4, verse 39, talks about Jesus and His command of peace. “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.”

Jesus controls the weather in this instance but there are many other times when peace surrounded Him and those in His presence. He walked the countryside, not bringing war with Him but peace. When he entered Jerusalem the last time, he rode a donkey, a symbol of peace. It was seen as an act of war to ride a horse through those gates in Jerusalem so Jesus rode a donkey. Peace and contentment come with knowing that God the Father is and has looked after everything for our good. Peace is God’s presence in our problems. All we have to do is appropriate it.

When we are praying with someone, pray with a peaceful attitude. Bring your dependence on God to your prayer, helping those you pray for learn how dependence on Him can bring peace to them as well. Speak peacefully, while seeking His best for their lives and the oasis of Jesus Christ will open their hearts to seek Him for peace, tranquility, and love instead of their own devices. May the peace of God flow through you in a way that others will notice and want what you have. Be prepared to tell them where to find it.

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