We are all looking for it, aren’t we? The peace of mind so profound that it saturates our souls.
We crave it.
We long for it, and
we can find it.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the PEACE of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the GOD of peace will be with you.” – Philippians 4:5-9 –
As God’s creation, we were created with the desire–with the necessity–to live and dwell in the fullness of His presence! Such peace comes when can unashamedly come before our Maker and rest.
It is true that He is loving, but just as true as that statement, God is holy and righteous, and he requires that we be holy, too. That’s where we feel the tension building in our lives…
Adam and Eve felt this tension as the earth fell because of their sin and disobedience. They felt the sin reveal their nakedness and shame, so they hid from God. Because of their sin, they were separated from the Maker that had walked with them in the Garden. (Genesis 3:7-8).
being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us,
even when we were dead in our trespasses,
made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved.”
This is why we have peace in God through Christ! “The wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life IN Christ Jesus” (Romans 6:23). Justice was served as Jesus Christ hung on the cross and took on the wrath required to clear the debt of all humanity’s sin (Hebrews 9:11-28). Therefore, those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God–God born in human flesh to live a perfect life free from sin, take on God’s wrath for sin on our behalf, and return to the Father triumphant even over death–are forgiven and free (Colossians 2:6-15). When man sees his brokenness yet sees Christ and His perfection and says, “Only by the blood of the Lamb, I am made alive,” he may become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21).
If we believe He is our Lord, Savior, and King, our hearts and minds will be guarded in Christ Jesus. Then there is no need to be anxious; we can rest knowing that our sin is forgiven and have confidence in going to God. Thankfulness follows because we are reminded of the ability to come before God, washed clean from our sin and unholiness, in the righteousness of Christ. When we live the way that has designed us to, not only does the peace of God stay within us, but HE, the GOD of peace, will be walking with us.
In that very nearness of Him, we’ll have a taste of heaven and
the peace that only His presence brings.