There are so many things that say they offer peace. I often sit on the veranda on our house, especially in the morning, and enjoy the general quiet, spend time with the Lord and drink my coffee. I would say these are peaceful times. But finding peace when your child is extremely ill, you are heartbroken,or your finances are in trouble – well, that is quite another thing.
In the first instance, what I experience on my veranda is peace as the world gives. This type of peace is often associated with absence – of pressure, of people, of noise.
On the other hand, in times of difficulty and pain, we need to find the peace that Jesus promised was available to us -the presence of His peace, coming from the presence of Himself.
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27
Jesus says He will give us peace. I have found that this type of peace that effects my heart and spirit is not something I can create, but comes from being in the presence of Jesus.
I have often found two things stand in the way of peace in my soul:
- The fact that I am hanging onto the difficult issue and not surrendering it to God. I have to allow Him to take it out of my hands.
- When my view of God’s character is anything less that what He says He is like. I find this leads me into doubt, unbelief, and accusation of God and others.
Looking back at times in my life when pain or circumstances where extremely difficult, I would have to say that the thing that changed me (not the situation), when asking Jesus to come close, and simply walk with me at that moment. I have found He Himself is the peace that He gives.
He and His presence – is our peace.