Do you long to experience God’s peace? I think it’s safe to say that we all desire peace in our lives… but peace beyond understanding is something entirely different. God’s peace is beyond understanding because the world can’t understand how we can be at peace in the middle of a storm. And let’s face it. Storms happen. There’s no such thing as a life without hardships and struggles. So when God promises us peace in the midst of these trials, it’s a promise that seems almost too good to be true.
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If you truly desire to have peace beyond understanding, there are three biblical truths you must realize…
- True peace comes from God alone. Apart from Christ, we can experience moments of peace. After all, no one lives in a constant state of emotional and physical storms. There are moments in life when all is going well and things are working out as planned. And then it happens… the storm comes. For most, finding peace when things are going well is easy. But the storm makes it hard… nearly impossible in fact. How do you experience peace in chaos? You simply can’t apart from Christ.
- Peace has nothing to do with calmness, rather it’s your state of mind in the midst of a storm. When the disciples found themselves in the middle of a storm on a boat with Jesus, they were anything but peaceful. In fact, they were panicking for their lives. Jesus, on the other hand, was asleep. (Now that’s peace beyond understanding!) When the disciples woke Jesus up, His response was somewhat surprising. He actually rebuked them for being frightened! In all honesty, there was no reason for them to be afraid. Jesus was with them in that storm, so there was no justifiable reason to be scared. How often do we find ourselves fearful or worried in the midst of a “storm.” Jesus is with us too… so there’s no reason to be afraid.
- When we abide in the peace of Christ, we demonstrate to the world what life is like as a child of God. Peace is a fruit of the Spirit. In other words, when we are allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, peace is naturally produced. What does it say about our faith when we live a life of worry? We tell others they can trust God and experience His peace, but then we vent our fears to our friends. In this scenario, our words and our actions don’t align.
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God doesn’t simply want us to experience His peace beyond understanding, He desires for us to live in it.
True peace beyond understanding has nothing to do with what’s going on around you… so if you find you’re only at peace when things are going well, you aren’t experiencing God’s true peace.
Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all! – 2 Thessalonians 3:16
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