- By Kevin Martineau
- January 31, 2013
- Comments Off on 3 steps to have peace
If we live long enough, some type of tragedy will find its way into our lives. For some it will be the death of a loved one – such as a child, parent, or our spouse. For others it will be a heart attack, cancer, or another life threatening disease. Still others face divorce, financial ruin, or the loss of a significant dream.
Sometimes the tragedies are not even personal – who will ever forget the senselessness of 9-11 or the explosion of the space-shuttle, Columbia. Tragedy comes into every life – non-Christian and Christian alike. The details vary, but the experience does not.
This brings us to the difficult question of whether it’s even possible to have peace in the world we live in. Many people would say that it is not. I believe it is!
3 steps to having peace
1. Understand that God is there.
Have you seen the bumper sticker that says, “Know God, Know Peace. No God, No Peace”? It’s the truth, without an acknowledgment that there is a God, we will not have peace. That’s why it’s called the “peace of God” or “God’s peace” in the Bible. If we are to find peace in our life the first step is acknowledging that there is a God.
The Bible says in Psalm 14:1,
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”
Abraham Lincoln echoed that when he said:
“I can see how it might be possible for a man to look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heaven and say there is no God.”
2. Understand that God is aware.
Jesus made a remarkable statement concerning this incredible attribute of God in Matthew 10:29. He said:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father.”
God didn’t create this world and then turn His back on it; He is aware of what is going on and we aren’t alone. He rejoices when He sees good and love and beauty. It breaks His heart when He sees war and hatred and what we’ve done to this world. And He knows us, and everything about us.
“O LORD, you have searched me and you know me.” Psalm 139:1
3. Understand that God cares.
It’s not enough that there is a God out there if He’s not aware of what’s going on in my life. And it’s not enough that there’s a God out there who’s aware of what’s happening in my life if He doesn’t care about what is happening in my life.
“And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:30-31
If we are going to have peace in our life it will only be when we realize that God not only knows what’s best for us but that He wants what’s best for us. And not only do we need to realize that, we also need to believe it and act upon it.
Too often we second-guess God. We decide that even though God is God and that He is the creator and ruler of the universe that He’s not nearly as smart as we are. And so we do the things we want to do and when it flies all to pieces we wonder what went wrong. And sometimes in retrospect we say “Wow, if only I had done what God wanted me to do.” God does care, and God sees a much bigger picture then we do.
We will face turmoil and trouble but we can still have peace
A Christian’s life isn’t all quiet and contemplation. We face turmoil and trouble just like anyone else. But the wonder of it all is that even in the midst of all the trouble that life throws at us we can live in perfect peace!
Check out Horatio Spafford’s story:
The Holy Spirit working in our lives means that we can experience peace on a level that defies human understanding.
It means we can experience God’s peace in our church.
It means we can experience God’s peace in our homes.
It means we can experience God’s peace in our work place.
Ultimately, it means that we can experience God’s peace in our hearts.
It doesn’t mean that any of these places is going to be perfect, because they’re not going to be. But it means in spite of the fact that those places aren’t perfect, we can have peace there because true peace doesn’t ultimately come from us – it comes from God!