"God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing." - C. S. Lewis
What Keeps Us from Experiencing Peace?
Phones ring, beep, and blip more times that we can count throughout any given day. Our minds shift from what tasks we have to get done right now to what we have to get done tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and the next day; not to mention the additional plans you have made with your friends, the side projects you have been working on, the relationships you are investing in, and your own spiritual, mental, and physical health that needs maintaining. We will always have things to do.
I find that often times my lack of peace comes from a lack of stillness. It is hard to find stillness in our world today, near impossible. Our world has told us that we are to be entertained when we're not too busy working. If we are not doing something all the time, we feel as though something is wrong. In reality, God is waiting for us to come to him in moments of quiet to rejuvenate us and give us peace.
Peace that Transcends Understanding
Before you continue reading this post, ask the Holy Spirit to still your heart and mind and speak to you through this passage. I would also encourage you to read it multiple times, slowly. It is a familiar passage, but I feel as though there is a reason we see these words from Jesus so often:
"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (John 14:27)."
Everyone gets restless, but not everyone rests in Christ. That is why He says that what He offers is different than what the world offers. Ultimately, peace here is not just "peace of mind," but "peace of heart" as well. Do not let your hearts be troubled. Paul writes about this in Philippians:
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7)."
In the end, this blog post was not easy to write, simply because I do not understand how to explain the peace of Christ in one page. It makes me happy to hear that it transcends understanding, that it is just a fruit of the Spirit that comes from resting in God and believing that He is who He is. He is our provider, our refuge, our Savior, our strength, our joy, and our peace.
Philippians 4:6-7, need I say more?
"Jesus, thank you, for leaving me your peace. Thank you, for giving us me alternative way to this busy, often stress-filled life. I do not need to seek peace within myself or with anything that the world can offer, but find it when I rest in you. Forgive me, for thinking that I am too busy to seek you or for trusting in myself when I need your guidance. Holy Spirit, abide in me that I may know a peace that transcends understanding. May I be satisfied in Christ alone."