While the death toll rises and the world tips into economic breakdown, I find myself wondering, “When will this end, God? When will we find peace?”
I realized that in all of the Bible verses, God never promised “true peace” from this fallen world. God never gave us promises of stable wealth and prosperity. It was not so much a question of WHEN we’ll have peace, but the question of WHERE we find it.
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 )
The human heart longs for peace or shalom. It’s the kind of peace that swells from the inside, grounded by the sense that everything is good and “all is as it should be.”
Unfortunately, the world fails at delivering this shalom we crave for. One thing that COVID-19 proved is that everything—and anything—can be shaken. Building our lives on our jobs, on connections, on anything of this world is as good as building on paper and sand. This type of foundation won’t hold.
We weren’t made to find peace here. (1 John 5:19; Romans 5:12)
So where do we find peace?
WHO IS PEACE?
Even prior to COVID-19, I often struggled with worries. Overthinking is a nasty habit I’m still working on. And like any other human being, fear is my knee-jerk reaction to uncertainty.
We all want a sense of stability. We all want assurance.
And when the world collapses, does it mean we lose all of that?
No. It doesn’t. Because of Christ, there is still peace that does not depend on the world’s circumstances.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
It might take a heart-wrenching leap of faith to tear our eyes off from this world, but it will be worth it.
Above this world is Jesus who still overcame the world. (John 16:33)
True peace is not based on the absence of the world’s difficulties—it’s dependent on the presence of God.
Peace is found in the loving arms of the Father who does not abandon his children to the uncertainties of life (Psalm 55:22). Though life may be uncertain, God already knows how it will play out and works it out for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28).
Wherever He is, that’s where peace is. Even in our difficult circumstances, we can invite Him there and receive His comfort.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
GO TO THE ONE WHO GIVES YOU PEACE
The world may never be “okay.” (We have Heaven and Christ’s second coming for that; Revelation 21:4.) Peace is a supernatural and miraculous thing, but it can be real for anyone who cries out to Christ.
My motto in life was always, “Go where the peace is.” But after the events of this season, I’m thinking “Go to Who gives you peace” probably has a better ring to it.
Jesus IS the Prince of Peace, after all. (Isaiah 9:6)
DO YOU TRUST HIM?
So how do we receive His peace?
We surrender our lives to Him. We allow Him to be the King over our troubled hearts. We admit that we can do nothing by ourselves and that we need the hand of God in our lives. We give Him our worries.
Once we cry out to Him, He answers. Humility is the first step in receiving His grace.
Cast all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
I believe that faith shouldn’t be “blind.” It needs to be grounded on something real. Faith ought to point to some evidence—it needs to stem from an encounter with God. As the uncertainties of this world come upon us, it’s a great opportunity to ask Christ humbly for the grace to have faith.
He responds to our belief in Him, and He doesn’t respond when we doubt Him. (James 1:5-8)
If having “faith” right now is a difficult feat, it’s alright. We can also humbly ask Him to help us have faith. (Mark 9:23-24)
If there’s one thing you can bank on, it would be His heart for you.
Lord, I admit that I am having a hard time. I have fears. I have anxieties. You say that You’re still Sovereign. You say that You’re still greater than the circumstances coming my way. And Your Word has said that You care about me. Lord, I want to know how to trust You more.
Please show me how real You can be. Please be my source of true peace. I can’t rely on anyone else. Please show me how true Your promises are about Your character. I want to learn to trust You, and I believe that You will show up to strengthen my heart. Thank You for being mindful of me.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Editor’s Note: Two prior articles written by Pauline can speak further peace into your hearts this season. You can find it in her personal blog using these links:
- A Promise of Stars in The Darkest of Nights: Hope After A Year’s Breaking
- How to Face Fear in the Pandemic