Peace...it's something we all want and we all need.
With four children running around our house at all hours of the day I have been known on occasion to plead with my husband and say "I just need 15". It's an unspoken cry for help that he readily understands. No big explanations needed here folks. 15 minutes is all I ask. 15 minutes...of peace!
When my life is running in 100 different directions and there are decisions to make affecting today, tomorrow, next month, and I've misplaced my planner for the umpteenth time, I know what needs to happen. I need to take a deep breath and calm down, find some peace in my hectic day in order to make wise choices.
When your life is turned upside down by death, disease or disappointment and heartache all you want is a little peace. A brief reprieve from the pain and the hurt and the confusion.
When our world is in turmoil...wars, rumors of wars, crime is on the rampage, lives are being lost, we cry out for peace.
The only problem with the peace that we find is that it only lasts for a short time.
Peace, true peace, is given by God.
In Jesus' own words He tells us that it is not the kind of peace the world gives. Why is it so important that we know that? Because the world's peace is temporary, fleeting, fading and puts its trust in man's ability to maintain it. However, even our best efforts are feeble when it comes to attaining long-lasting peace.
There is an old hymn written by Edgar Page Stites in 1876 called "Trusting Jesus" that I like to reflect upon in difficult situations. The chorus states,
Trusting as the moments fly,
Trusting as the days go by;
Trusting Him whate’er befall,
Trusting Jesus, that is all.
When my trust is in Christ my outlook on life is different. My peace, just like my joy, is full, lasting, unshakable, founded upon the Rock of my salvation. My heart is not fearful, nor afraid, it is at rest!
So what's the key to lasting peace? Trusting Jesus, that is all.