Peace In All Circumstances

“Peace is not the absence of trouble. Peace is the presence of God.” 

A popular sign posted in busy and chaotic places states, “If you can keep your head in this situation you don’t understand what’s going on.” Is this the only way we can have peace, to be a sight-impaired Mr. Magoo who doesn’t see all the chaos and danger around him? Or is the only way to have peace to be in an environment where there is nothing that threatens that peace?

There’s a third option: what if we could have peace in a situation that’s antagonistic toward peace? The good news is that we have the God-given ability to intentionally influence our environment. We can be a thermostat and not just a thermometer. A thermometer registers the temperature of the environment in which it’s placed while a thermostat affects the temperature of the environment. We can use the thermostat approach when it comes to peace. This is all the more true when we allow the peace of God, the peace of Christ to permeate our thoughts and feelings.

Jesus said to His disciples (and it’s recorded in the Bible for our personal application), “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” (John 14:27).  No wonder the prophet Isaiah was inspired to refer to the coming Jesus as the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6).

When I practice the presence of Christ in my life I remember that He’s with me and that He will help me to do deal with what He allows to be put before me. This way of thinking can help me have peace. No predicament can rob one of the peace that the Prince of Peace can provide!

One of my favorite images of peace is of the lighthouse keeper standing at the open door of his lighthouse as a stormy sea rages all around him. This is how we can picture enduring the storms of life. As long as our lives are based solidly on Him we have no reason to worry, but, instead, we can have His peace!

“Peace is not the absence of trouble. Peace is the presence of God.”

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