Peace On Earth
How do you define peace? Webster has five applications of the definition. I like these:
: freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions
: harmony in personal relations
: in a state of concord or tranquillity
Each one of these definitions describes a sense of freedom. Do you experience peace in your life? If so, how do you obtain peace? What brings you a sense of freedom or tranquility? For some, it may be time involved with a hobby. Others may be time spent with family or some other relaxation technique. These are good, but are to never come in between you and God.
No matter what method, if your are able to obtain peace on your own, is it sustainable, does it last any period of time or through any circumstance? As a believer, I can find enjoyment in a hobby, time spent with family, or even just a walk in nature. But, I have come to know, that the only peace that sustains is a trust in Jesus' ability to be who He says He is. Philippians 4:7 "And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus". I must allow Him the opportunity to provide that which He desires, to carry my burdens.
As believers we too often take matters into our own hands, pushing Christ aside as if He does not exist. How successful has that ever been for you? It doesn't work for me Yes, we do have responsibilities, but not the responsibility to worry which only provides doubt in Christ's abilities. Christ does want to provide your peace. Do you believe He can? You must have faith!
John 3:16 says that Christ died so that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. A life free from fear and at peace with God, self, and others. A life surrendered to Him, releasing all control or even the desire to control over to Him. Hard, yes! Impossible, no!
Get to know Christ better. READ THE WORD! BE DOERS OF THE WORD! TRUST JESUS! I guarantee that you will understand the 5W's of Christ (who, what, when, where, and why) you will obtain the peace He describes and have greater fulfillment in your life.