I don't need to tell you that we live in a troubled world. The newspaper headlines and the radio and television news, screaming at us of murders, rapes, terrorist attacks, earthquakes, violent storms, and other depressing news, has become so much a part of our lives that we have become calloused and almost bored. Besides the bad news from without, many are overwhelmed, fearful and depressed by family and personal problems, financial disaster and poor health.
No peace in our fantasy world
We try to ease the pain by immersing ourselves in our fantasy world of music and entertainment. We crank up the volume of our music to try to silence the voice of God. For some that's not enough to dull the pain; so they drown themselves in their world of alcohol, drugs and illicit sex. Many try to find answers to their problem on the psychiatrist's couch. Many vainly seek answers in the religions of meditation, emotional experiences and positive thinking. Thank God for those Christian psychologists who direct troubled people to God's answers in His Word.
Without Christ there is no peace.
As I see the beautiful, sparkling lights of our city at night, my heart aches for those who live in spiritual darkness behind those lights; people whose lives are being destroyed by sin and its consequences. They seek for peace, but cannot find it. It is always beyond their reach. Isaiah describes their plight in Isaiah 57:20-21. "But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked."
Without peace with God, there can be no peace with others.
Until we know that peace, we will never experience peace in our other relationships. And yet in our blindness, we run from the only One who can bring forgiveness, cleansing, peace, satisfaction, joy and fulfillment in life. Anything, but God! There is only one way to have peace with God and that is for our sin problem to be settled. We are helpless to do anything about it; but thank God, He has provided the solution. In Isaiah 32:17 we read, "And the work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness, quietness and assurance forever." This verse prophecies of God's work of righteousness when He offered His Son, Jesus, as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Only God's work of righteousness results in peace and quietness of heart and assurance of salvation. Are you trusting in that work of righteousness, or are you still trusting in your own works of righteousness that can never save? Ephesians 2:8-9 Titus 3:5-6.
When I found peace with GodI remember so well, as a nine year old self-righteous missionary's kid, when I finally understood that Jesus had died to save me from my sins. I received Him as my Saviour and immediately I experienced peace with God. I no longer feared going to hell. I knew that Jesus had taken the penalty for my sin in His body on the cross. For over sixty years I have known that constant peace. No, I have not lived a perfect, sinless life; but my trust is in Christ alone. HE is my peace! Ephesians 2:11-19. Paul speaks of this peace in Romans 5:1. "Therefore, being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ."
Do you know the peace of God?Once the sin question is settled, and we know peace WITH God, then we can move on in our relationship with Him and experience the peace OF God. As we bring our needs and burdens to Him in prayer, He promises us in Philippians 4:6-7 that "the peace of God that passeth all understanding shall keep our hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Before Jesus went to the cross, He promised in John 14:26-27 that He would give us His Holy Spirit to live in us, comfort us and give us His peace. He said, "Peace I leave with you. My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid."
No matter how smoothly things are going for you right now, you can be sure that storms, perhaps violent storms, are just ahead. Are you ready to face those storms alone? Peace is not sailing by myself through smooth seas. Peace is sailing through the violent storms of life with my Captain Jesus standing right beside me on the Bridge with one hand on my shoulder and the other pointing me in the direction I should go. I've experience that kind of peace for over sixty years. So can you.
Dear Reader, if you do not know Christ as your Saviour, why not trust Him now and experience an immediate settled quiet peace with God. Then surrender to Him to take over as Lord and Captain of your life. As you read His Word and listen to Him speak to you, determine to obey Him at all costs. You will discover the Peace of God.