Peace That We Can’t Understand

February 5, 2016

                        Peace That We Can’t Understand

There are things that most of us can’t understand or explain, but we enjoy them anyhow.  I can’t understand how radios can pull voices out of the air, even less how televisions can pull pictures out of the air, but I go on using them and enjoying them.  Philippians 4:7 tells us it is the same way with the peace of God. “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” I wouldn’t want to be without the peace of God.  You need the peace of God.  If you don’t have it, this article will tell you how you can have it.

It is a great blessing to live in peace.  Fortunate are those who have no enemies, or if they do, it’s not because they have done anything to give others reason to be their enemies.  Life is much more enjoyable when there is peace in the home, in the neighborhood, and in the world.  The Bible tells us that one of God’s promises is that in the future there will be a 1000 year reign of Christ.  Ezequiel 37:26 tells us that it will be a reign of peace.  “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.”

This article is dedicated to the glorious promise of inner peace.  It is a state of mind that is calm; without fears.  Philosophers talk about it, but it is only by living the Christian life that we can experience it.

To live in peace doesn’t mean that you are free from anxiety or threats to your well-being.  It comes from a confidence in God that he will not allow anything to happen that, in some way, will be for our good.  It is interesting that we never read that Joseph, in the Bible, complained about what was happening to him.  He had much reason to complain.

Virtue is an important ingredient in our life if we expect to live in peace.  We will never have peace in our life if, by our life style, we bring trouble upon ourselves.  In II Peter 1:5, virtue is listed as one of the things we need to add to our life.  “And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;   and to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience Godliness.” If we are living virtuously, and trouble comes, we know that it must be that God allowed it.  We don’t have the feeling of guilt.  Our conscience doesn’t bother us.

To have the peace of God we first of all have to make peace with God.  That takes place when we are reconciled to God.  Romans 5:6-10 tells us how that is possible.  “For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.    For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.   But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.   Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.   For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” Romans 5:1 says we can be at peace with God.  “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” God has done his part.  We need to accept it personally and apply it to our lives.

Another reason why Christians can have the peace of God is because God gives them the ability to have victory over sin.  That doesn’t mean they never sin, but they can have victory over much of it.  I John 5:3-4 says, “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.    For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” If we have the right relationship with God, we won’t have a great struggle in obeying him.  Psalm 119: 165 says, “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.”

If we have victory over sin we don’t do things that trouble us. Here is an example of the way taking vengeance could rob us of peace.  If someone hurts us, we may feel it’s our duty to take vengeance. If so, we won’t be at peace until we do.  However the result will be that we will live in fear that our adversary will take vengeance on us.  The Christian who obeys God is willing to let him settle the score.  Romans 12:19 says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”

Christians sometimes have a problem with covetous.  Luke 12:15 says, “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” The covetous person never gets all he wants.  In Philippians 4:11 the Apostle Paul said “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Someone said he could sleep in a Hilton hotel one night and be equally content if he had to sleep in a tent the next night.

Another source of peace for the obedient Christian is his hope for the future.  According to the Bible, there is no hope for the one who hasn’t made peace with God.  Hebrews 10:26-27 tells us what he has to look forward to.  “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins,    but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” The Christian, on the other hand, has the promise of heaven.  In my youth I watched the film “A Tale of Two Cities.” In that film there was a scene of a man who was condemned to die.  He was given the privilege of saying a few words before he laid his neck under the guillotine.  He said, “It is to a far better world that I go.” Obviously, he had the assurance of eternal life.  In John 14:1-3 Jesus said, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.   In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.    And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” For the Christian, the best is yet ahead.  For the unbeliever, the best is behind him.

We can have the assurance that we are going to heaven because it doesn’t depend on our merits.  We can know that we shall go there because we are trusting in the merits of Christ.  Titus 3:5 says, “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost.” I John 5:11-12 tells us that we can know that we have eternal life. “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.    He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.”

The one who seeks to do God’s will has peace because he trusts in the promises of God.  Psalm 37:3 is just one of those promises.  “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”  Psalm 23 tells us that God takes care of us like a good shepherd.  He is constantly at our side to guide and care for us.  Is he your shepherd?  He can be and will be if you become a child of his.  If you do, he will give you that inner peace that you need.

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