What is Peace?
How do you find peace in the midst of chaos? Given our current world situations, peace is in short supply. I have found that peace is a prayerful expectation amidst chaos everywhere.
When I first experienced peace, I did not realize what it was. For most of my adult life, a knot of anxiety lived in the pit of my stomach. I thought something was wrong with me when I didn’t feel the anxiety knot any longer. It took Holy Spirit revelation to let me know that the “feeling of nothing” was peace. (True story!)
I look around and am tempted to feel guilty for not worrying about the situation in the world, our country, or even how we will pay our bills. We, as a society, are groomed to worry. When we don’t give in to stress, anxiety, and worry, society shames us by telling us that we don’t care about our situation. What a travesty!
The bible says “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus”(Philippians 4:6-7)
Isaiah 53:5 says that Jesus was chastised for our peace. Jesus paid the price for peace. Why do we often refuse it?
What Steals Your Peace?
Several weeks ago, I began a social & news media fast. I have so much more peace than I have had in several weeks. No longer am I hearing the doom and gloom of the media or friends ranting about various political and religious situations.
I realized that by being glued to my computer watching the daily events unfold, I chose to focus on the things of the world. I can’t find any place in the bible where God says to be aware of everything in the news. I have not found a scripture that says ‘keep your mind on the media and you will have peace.’
There is not much we can control. We can pray. We can share the hope found in Jesus Christ. We can be the reason that someone chooses to give their life to Jesus.
When the world looks at you, what do they see? Fear? Anxiety? Anger? Or do they see something about you that is different?
Peace is wonderful. Jesus is the Prince of Peace and the government is upon HIS shoulders (Isaiah 9:6). Isaiah also says that the increase of HIS government will have no end.
The only way for us to remain at peace is to become what we behold (2 Corinthians 3:18) What are you beholding? Who are you beholding?
Several days into my media fast, I realized that navigating through the endless news cycles and social media posts is a crooked path. The source of news, pictures, and videos are suspect to manipulation. The lens of one’s political affiliation directly affects the interpretation of the latest infographic, chart or video.
The only truth that we have is the inerrant Word of God. There is room for nothing else. During tough times we cannot afford to be deceived. Deception is the most dangerous thing for us as believers right now.
Who do we believe? Do we choose to believe the Word of God or the nightly news?
Why do we need to know everything that is happening? Does knowledge give us the illusion of control?
Knowledge is only as reliable as its source. Who or what is the source of your knowledge? Proverbs 1 says that the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, not the news.
How to Find Peace in the Midst of Chaos
Do you want peace in your life right now?
Make your requests known to God with prayer and supplication and the peace of God that passes all understanding will settle on you in spite of your circumstances. You can have peace in chaos. (Philippians 4:6-7)
The prayerful expectation amidst chaos everywhere.
He is with us in the storm.
I encourage you to worship and meditate on Peace.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding will guard your heart and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7)