The last two weeks at CityLife (the church I pastor), we have started off the year talking about God’s peace. There is so much that could be said about his peace, but I will simply share a few thoughts:
1. External peace does not guarantee internal peace. Much of what we spend our time looking for is peace in our external circumstances. We hope that everything at work will get better, we hope that our finances will improve, we hope that our relationships will be stable, and much more. But reality is this: peace in any of those (or other) external circumstances does not guarantee internal peace. I recently refinanced my house. I’m happy about saving money. It’s better for my finances! But, I don’t wake up every morning celebrating it. We still need interior peace.
2. The peace that Jesus offers is better in quantity and quality than anything else. The truth is that there are different places and things that will offer elements of peace. And, there will always be a certain amount of peace that can be changed from things going well in our lives. But, if you want lots of peace, and have it be lasting peace, you need someone inherently good and eternal to give it to you. Only Jesus fits in that category.
3. We must push through our own issues to experience the peace of Jesus. I am NOT saying that we need to solve our issues in order to experience the peace of Jesus. On the contrary! Only Jesus can solve all of our issues. But, we must not allow our issues (whether they be addictions, shame, worries, fears, lack of faith, etc.) to be the determining factors in our look for peace. We must be willing to release them so we can grab ahold of the peace that Jesus has for us. We can’t grasp the peace of Jesus if we are still holding other things clutched tightly in our hands.
Look for Jesus today and you will experience a true and lasting peace. It will be completely different from anything you have experienced before.
Enjoy the journey!