But the fruit of the Spirit is . . . peace Galatians 5:22
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14: 27
I am trying to find peace today. As always, there are a lot of things going on in my life. People I love struggle and are hurt. There are challenges and decisions. There is just a lot to do. Where can I find peace?
When I try to find peace by controlling my circumstances I come up short. It is only when I surrender those circumstances to God that I find peace in the middle of it all. I can surrender that control only when I have the assurance that God is good and that He can be trusted with my challenges. The answer for me lies in time spent with God:
- Spending time to pray
- Reading the Bible to understand who God is
- Remembering His faithfulness to me in the past
This reminds me that He is bigger than my circumstances, He is good and He cares about me. That’s a relief.
“Christian peace is not the absence of troubles. It is a peace that is unshakeable even in the midst of troubles.”
“If we set our hearts on anything but God, we can lose our peace. But if our greatest love is the unchanging God, then our peace can never be taken from us.”
God’s peace or my attempts to control? It is a matter of choice. I can choose to practice peace.
Today I choose peace.
Dear God, Please send to me the spirit of Your peace.
Then send, dear Lord, the spirit of peace from me to all the world. Amen.
How do you find Peace?
Betsy and Laurie