The Search For Peace

Romans 8:5  Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.

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Peace comes up so often in the bible. It is truly one of the greatest desires and gifts the Father has for us. So why is it so elusive?

What parent doesn’t enjoy watching their child being fully content. Whether they are building something with Legos (do kids still do that), having a tea party with their dolls (are dolls even still a thing?) or reading a book (ok, now I’m really pushing it)… a child at rest or recreation.

The point is, a parent hopefully isn’t grinding constantly on “do your homework, clean up your room, take out the trash, do the dishes”. There is a time for service to the family but how much MORE joy is there when watching a child take a nap, or having a fun conversation with a friend on the phone laughing and joking, to know our child is fully at peace.

It’s like the point of this is elusive in my own heart. It feels so much like I need to be “doing” for God to make Him happy, but yet how much more does He find great joy in me when I am simply experiencing great joy and peace.

I’ve found this concept of PEACE (or lack there of) has been coming up more and more lately.  So this morning I ask myself;

Am I truly experiencing peace?

After some time of reflection, I’ve come to the conclusion the honest answer is rarely.

I have moments of accomplishment, moments of laughter, moments of worship, moments of prayer & meditation… at times I believe I do authentically experience God.

But all too often I feel driven more than peaceful. I actually feel guilty when trying to embrace a sabbath and rest, or worrying about those who are suffering hardship or persecution while I’m “having fun” at some social or recreational outing, or even feeling shame when being forced to rest, as is the case the last 2 weeks while being out of work for medical reasons.

So what does God say about peace?

No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peacebut now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
15 Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything; what counts is the new creation. 16 Peace and mercy to all who follow this rule—to the Israel of God.
Blessed are the peace-makers, for they will be called children of God.
There is so much more to be extracted from the Word of God on the subject, but the message is becoming more clear.
What then are the ingredients of peace?
  • Discipline, Obedience and Righteousness
  • Faith
  • God’s Favor
  • Joy and Unity in the Spirit
  • Living as the New Creation
  • Being a peace-maker

It is so easy for me to get wrapped up in the world, in the pressures of family, work and ministry. The things I worry about I believe are good things, but I am not supposed to worry at all!

Provided I’m am doing my part through faith and obedience to the the Word of God, the outcomes are ALWAYS up to GOD.

And as is always the case, God’s Word simplifies this topic so much better than I ever could.

Philippians 4:6-8
6 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.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Father God I confess I so often focus on the wrong things. I am judging what I do for You instead of just rejoicing in who I am in You. Yes we are to “work out our own salvation with fear and trembling”, but does that mean my salvation hangs in the balance of my works or holiness? I come to you this morning humbled and somewhat surprised that after all these years of reading Your Word, especially these passages in Romans and Philippians, that I have continued to search for and question why peace and rest is so elusive. Let not this message of being transformed by the renewal of our minds fall on numbed hearts or deaf ears, mine most of all Lord. 

About One Man's Journey

I've experienced a lot of pain and inflicted my share through a lifetime of selfishly pursuing all that this world has to offer for my pleasure and well-being. Why God in His infinite mercy chose to raise me up out of the pit of despair, depression, addictions and emptiness I may never know, but I'm now all in and passionately in love with a Passionate Savior. If you are struggling with addictions, resentments, depression or any of life's struggles, know there is a Healer, and His name is Jesus. God Bless.
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3 Responses to The Search For Peace

  1. Excellent post! Peace has been elusive for me as well. I’m 50 and still have a hard time wrapping my head around that one simple word.

    Yes, my son still builds Lego sets, my daughter still plays with dolls (and she’s 13) and both read and work puzzles. I get a kick out of watching them do any or all at the same time 🙂

    • That is so cool Stuart! I’m encouraged to hear there are still kids who can still enjoy the non-electronic sides of life.

      And I agree, at 53 with over 7 years sobriety and nearly that much time blogging I’m still amazed how often God reveals just how often I don’t practice what I preach. It just makes The Cross all the more glorious! Blessings brother, and thanks for taking the time to comment 🙏

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