Did you know that those who do not know the Lord cannot actually experience peace? True peace can only come from, “The Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).
Recently, I had tea with a woman who was in the midst of being wronged by her husband. It looked as though everything was going well for him, and badly for her, as a result of his self-serving choices. Temporarily, her circumstances looked like a bummer.
“But do you know what?” I reminded both her and myself, “It is absolutely impossible for him to have the peace that you have. He is not walking with Jesus, and you are. No matter how good it looks on the outside, we totally know that he cannot have that true gift of peace without knowing God. Can you just imagine his unrest, turmoil, and insecurity?”
God is the only one who can give us peace.
After I had graduated from college, I bought a one-way plane ticket to Minnesota, halfway across the country. I’d prayed and sought God about the next steps for my life, and sensed Him leading me to be part of a youth ministry program located out there. My parents agreed that it looked like a good opportunity, but they said that if I decided to go, I would need to buy the plane ticket myself in order to get there.
The morning came when my flight was leaving and Dad drove me to the airport with Mom in the passenger seat. My “little” brother and I sat in the back “just like the old days.” This was life-changing. This was pivotal. This was a step that would change my life forever.
But I just had peace. I didn’t know when I’d be home, because after the summer of training I’d take an assignment to serve in a church somewhere “out there!”
As we drove along, God’s peace continued to rise up inside of me and spilled out and I smiled and smiled because I knew that I knew that He was guiding me to this next step. All I could see was God’s hand in it.
John Denver’s song, “I’m leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when I’ll be back again,” kept running through my head and I couldn’t help singing it. That’s when my brother turned and gave me a look.
“What’s wrong?” I asked.
“You know,” he said, “we don’t know when we’re going to see you again, so you don’t have to sing about it.”
I hope I stopped singing then. I can’t remember if I did or not. All I knew was that I had God’s peace overflowing even though my life was about to completely change for me. I had no idea how it would look, but His peace completely overshadowed me.
When we walk close to Jesus, He gives us His peace.
Why do we worry and fret when it looks like people who do evil are succeeding? They cannot have peace on the inside of them because they are not walking with the Prince of Peace. They may look like they have a great life with more possessions, more prestige, more “American pie.” But do not be tricked – only God can give the peace in your heart that enables you to sleep at night and enjoy the journey during the day, even in the middle of impossible circumstances.
Is there a time that you experienced God’s peace even in the midst of a challenging time?