I recently came across a meme that humorously suggested that all men desire nothing more than “peace” when they return home.
This got me thinking: Is the mere absence of trouble the true definition of peace?
Many people in the world today are in pursuit of peace in different and insane places.
Yet, there exists a free, indescribable, and profoundly beautiful peace.
What is this peace? Where does it come from, and what sets it apart? How can I attain it?
Let us unpack it together.
What is this peace?
Once, there was a boy who boarded a plane. During the journey, the plane encountered turbulence, causing fear among the passengers, except for the boy.
After the turbulence subsided, an old man approached the boy and inquired, “Why were you so calm?” The boy replied, “Because my father is the pilot.”
The boy rested because he trusted his father’s ability to navigate through turbulence and safely reach their destination.
No matter how bad the turbulence is, trust the pilot. When we know who the pilot is, we will rest.
Therefore, peace is not just the absence of trouble. It is the rest that your soul finds amidst trouble.
The boy in the plane embodies the peace Jesus referred to. Amidst the angry turbulence of life, we can shelter in His sweet haven of rest, knowing that Jesus is the pilot. Jesus tells us that:
These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”John 16:33 NKJV
Tribulation is inevitable in our lives, but so is peace through Christ Jesus.
Who is the source of peace?
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraidJohn 14:27
The peace of Jesus is like no other. He surpasses all understanding.
If you want peace, you’ll find it only in Jesus.
The privilege of prayer
Prayer is both a privilege and a necessity. It is our privilege to open our hearts and let the sunshine of Christ’s presence in.
Any perplexity, however small it may seem, qualifies for prayer.
When you feel like crying out, “God, where are you?”It is good to know that He is just a prayer away. Satan will have little opportunity to intrude on his temptations.
Your prayer doesn’t have to be eloquent. Be real with God. Speak as you would speak to a friend.
The fervent prayer of the righteous is never lost. The answer may not come according to what we expected, but it will come because God’s word is pledged.18 letter 26 1880
Pray today, dear one, through the one who was tempted in all points yet without sin. He is mighty to save. Peace is yours if only you pray.
Surrender is key
Prayer goes hand in hand with surrender.
Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.1 Peter 5:7
Casting means letting go. In layman’s language, it means to take your burden to Jesus and leave him to take care of it.
Let go of the hurt, the pain, the worry, and the anxiety. Let go and let God handle it because he cares for you.
When you surrender your heavy burden to Christ, He will give you a lighter yoke and peace in return.
Let it go to the one who cares.
The bottom Line
Take a look at things that worry you, and then kneel and pray, asking God to take charge of all your worries.
What are the concerns that you can have a part in fixing? What are the things that are beyond your control? Do what you can to fix what you can, and then ask God to help you learn to trust him for the rest.
This is how you find peace in the face of tribulation.