We long for peace.
We often pursue peace by expending energies on elaborate systems to try to control the chaos that thrives on this broken planet.
And yet, we cannot create peace.
While we may arrange for a temporary calm in our external environment, we cannot find a lasting inner peace through our own ordering of things, no matter how determined or creative we are.
Because peace is not the absence of chaos.
Peace is the presence of Jesus.
The truth is, peace is not found in a place or perfect circumstance, but in a person – Jesus. We find true peace only when we find the Prince of Peace.
Listen to these words of Jesus:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
In this world – trouble. In Jesus – peace.
What does this mean for us?
It means that in the midst of the chaos of this world we have a choice.
Knowing that Jesus has overcome the world – the very world we live in – and its troubles, we can take heart. We refuse to ride the waves of circumstance, allowing our hearts to become troubled and fearful. Instead, we actively choose to focus on Jesus. We trust Him, not our solutions. And we can ask Jesus to speak to our hearts and to our circumstances the same words he spoke when his disciples were frightened by a raging storm:
Peace! Be still! Mark 4:39