I've reached a point in my life where I hunger for the peace that God's word promises us. What I have discovered is that peace doesn't come without work and effort. If we want peace, we have to work with God and let Him work in us.
Philippians 4 says that the peace that transcends all understanding is obtained when we present all we need and want to the Lord, with thanksgiving. In my experience, however, a spirit of thanksgiving is not easily cultivated. Thanksgiving stems from joy and assurance. Thanksgiving comes from finding the silver linings in our difficult situations. Thanksgiving comes from being willing to let God use adversity to teach us. We can be thankful for all sorts of things when we are focused more on the provision of the Lord than we are on our momentary circumstances. When we recognize that the Lord has a purpose for the challenges we face, we can be thankful for the chance to learn. When we approach His throne, thankful for the experiences He is bringing us, we allow him to reassure us that he provides for us and watches over us. When we remember this, we are at peace, sure that our doubts and worries are unfounded.
Christ came to lead us into peace, to guard our hearts and minds with His peace, to lessen our burdens and free us from concern.
Are you cultivating peace in your life?
Luke 1: 78-79
Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.